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Madi Driscoll remembers her own family’s conversation around HPV. The 17-year-old senior at Central High School in St. Paul is a member of Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council. When she was 12, she began the three-dose series, but the decision was hardly made lightly.
Madi’s mom is a urologist who was concerned about side effects. The mom did research and, ultimately, was comfortable enough to get Madi vaccinated. She was also wise enough to ask Madi a question that the rest of us might ask our own kids more often:
“Is there anything that concerns you about this vaccine?”
“I’ve been really lucky,” Madi said. “Both of my parents are really involved in my health. Don’t be afraid to talk about sexual health with your kids, because otherwise you stigmatize it. It’s an ongoing conversation. It’s a serious thing.”
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