You see, I had a few too many sexual partners– well, probably only one too many– and I contracted a disease that resulted in doctors performing a surgery on me so that I can no longer have children. Not to worry, though, I can harvest my remaining eggs and find a surrogate.
I’m here today because People Magazine wanted me to give a word of advice to teens and young women so that they don’t have to have the same procedure done on them.
No, don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to abstain from sex. I mean, who can do that? No, I’m here to tell you that there’s a vaccine, which can be given to women before they’re sexually active. It makes sense to take these precautions.
So, remember what I’ve said. It makes sense to take these precautions. I’ll encourage my friends’ teenage daughters to get vaccinated as well, so you can tell I’m serious!
So take a tip from me, Marissa, go out and get your shot today! Oh. Well, it will only protect you from HPV, and even that isn’t in all cases. The only 100% way of remaining free of the cancer and not having to end up like I did would be to remain abstinent and only have one sexual partner— but who can do that?
( Note: words in italics taken from Marissa Jaret Winokur via Jill Stanek’s post “Don’t Stop, get the shot” )