IMAGINE there was a vaccine for cancer. Would some people object to it being available to everyone? Of course not. So why is there such a debate over the availability of a vaccine against a disease that causes cervical cancer – the second-most-common cancer for women? The reason is the sex angle. Gardasil is a vaccine against the human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. Some believe any protection from the consequences of sex – pregnancy, reputation or fatal diseases – will encourage girls to be sexually active. The numbers show that this disease doesn’t care about the politics of sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one U.S. female in four between ages 14 and 59 has some form of HPV. The damage is already done. We have the tool to stop it. This isn’t about sex; this is about saving lives. And vaccinating teenage girls seems sensible as a way to do that. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!