Many physicians either missed the class that dealt with sexual health questions, or their lack of attention to the subject is a conscious choice.
Breaches that expose the health details of just a patient or two are proliferating nationwide. Regulators focus on larger privacy violations and rarely take action on small ones, despite the harm.
The movie star rejected embarrassment to say this week that his throat cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that only 1 percent of boys are vaccinated against.
Cancer is caused by infection in one out of six patients worldwide, according to a medical review published in The Lancet Oncology. That means as many as 2 million people a year get cancer for lack of preventive vaccines and antibiotics.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has been rebuked by the state Legislature for ordering Texan girls to be vaccinated against HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer. Lawmakers passed a bill by a comfortable margin that would block the governor's order for four years.
Merck raised suspicions about its cancer-fighting HPV vaccine with a cluelessly aggressive lobbying campaign, but a lifesaving drug is still a lifesaving drug.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has issued an executive order mandating the use of the HPV vaccine, which can help prevent cervical cancer. The conservative Christian's decree trumps opposition in the Legislature and elsewhere from opponents who feel the treatment encourages premarital sex. Texas will be the first state to require that schoolgirls receive the vaccine.
The FDA just approved a vaccine to help protect against cervical cancer, but conservative Christian groups want to block its distribution out of fear that it would promote promiscuity.