The Centers for Disease Control announced today a government recommendation that all 11 and 12 year old girls be vaccinated against HPV. The vaccine prevents a vast majority of cervical cancer, vaginal cancer and genital warts.
I actually cried when I heard the announcement today. It is a banner day for women’s healthcare.
“The vaccine tested in this study has several limitations, noted NCI’s Hildesheim. For one thing, the vaccine offers no protection against other types of HPV that can also cause cervical cancer. In addition, it’s unknown whether the vaccine’s protection against HPV-16 is long-lasting. Finally, it does not prevent HPV-16 infections already present at the time of vaccination from progressing to cancer.”
This is not the end-all, be-all of cervical cancer. Safe sex education in our schools and in our homes is what we need more of, not more knee-jerk reactions.
Well… come on, now… nobody said “Let’s have the vaccine, get naked and have sex with everybody”! The strategy has to go in many directions at the same time. Yes, safer sex is good. But ALSO, protecting girls FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES from a very dangerous disease. Of course, as parents, you have to make a choice, and that’s fine… but I personally find we should be happy when a vaccine or a cure is found for a disease, not being outraged!!! :?? These diseases affect real people in real families for all kinds of reasons and 200 000 women die every year of cervical cancer. I think this news about this vaccine diserves some respect, if only in memory of these women who died. With the number of women on this site, some of us will be affected by these diseases, whether we like it or not. Some of us might even have the HPV and not know it…
If I was dying from a disease and discovered that my parents didn’t allow me to get the vaccine that could save my life, I would be very mad at them. Sorry but that’s my point of view.
Speaking for myself, it’s not disrespect for the vaccine that I have. I’m against the insinuation that a shot is going to fix the problem. The HPV vaccine is not for life - they don’t know how long the defense will last. When you get a vaccine, any vaccine, it’s not for life. That’s why you need to get boosters as you get older.
I’m willing to put money on the fact that the HPV vaccine will be targeted at a certain group: minority women from low-income areas. Globally, this vaccine will be aimed at women in developing countries. Instead of increasing awareness and paying for better health care for these women, the gov’t is going to put a band-aid on the problem and give out these shots that may or may not be effective against cervical cancer, and it may or may not cause serious reactions. Anytime you put anything foreign in your body, especially something that’s made with a myriad of chemicals, you run the risk of having a reaction. Keep adding these ingredients with repeated shots, and your chances increase.
Also, studies have yet to be conclusive on the effectiveness of the vaccine, so pap smears are still the best way to catch and treat cervical cancer early. A vaccine will serve as a justification to stop funding that help under-privledged women have access to such an expensive test.
I just don’t want the shot to be a red herring drawing attention away from the true problem here.
You never have to be sorry for your point of view.
At least you have one.
It is not so much that I disagree with the ‘intent’ of the vaccine. Of course I would that noone ever again be diagnosed with cancer, or any disease for that matter. And I can line up and say that yes I am one of those in the very long line that has been directly affected.
There was a drug that doctors freely prescribed in the late 60’s for prenatal nasaua, that became responsible for many deformaties in the children they carried.
What exactly and how does this vaccine work? Will it offset a natural process? Drugs more drugs they bellowed and brayed, and the turtles way down in the pond were afraid…
How about abstinence anyway?
How about a real look at the moral decay we woke up this morning in?
Would you really blame your Mom who had every intent of heart to care about your well being for mistakes that you made in your life, of your own volition?
there is something to be said, though, about the person who gets it from their spouse who had it without knowing.
i don’t disagree with your point that abstinance is the best way to avoid disease but the fact is that if i go my whole life only having sex with my husband (who doesn’t exist much to my mother’s chagrin :rofling: ) that doesn’t mean i couldn’t contract HPV.
I am more incline to vaccinate less because there are so many conditions that are starting to be shown to be caused by them but the thing i celebrate in this is that it isn’t really a “male issue” (for lack of a better phrase. We, as women, are so often left behind in medical advances that when we aren’t forgotten I am always just a little bit happier.
sigh but the points made about them being targetted towards low income economies and what does it offsetting and such…yes…i am very conflicted…lol
Of course it is, it is all of our issue. Men Women Human. Point in fact being your example of getting it from someone who didn’t know they had it. Men get it, Women get it, we all get it. So why are we being the ones first out the gate to test the ‘miracle’ vaccine. Why not them?
We, as women, are so often left behind in medical advances
In what? Tell me because I really am curous to know. I have to say that I’m racking my brain trying to see how we are being slighted. Men die because of cancer, heart disease, etc.
We are all learning here, it’s the great thing about having these discussions.
well that’s why i put the quotes around it because of course it is a male issue as well.
And maybe my issue with the way women are treated by this government has more to do with things like the fact that they came out with the little blue pill and don’t seem to be doing anything to deal with similar issues for women. And not only that but insurance covered it almost immediately while women were fighting for YEARS to get the pill covered.
that is the most obvious example of course but it is issues like that i have a problem with.
believe me i don’t walk through life feeling like i got a raw deal being born a woman…i would just like some equity…
Not to take away from the discussion, but a quick comment about “the blue pill”…
My mom was put on Nexium a few weeks ago, “the purple pill.” I was telling DH how she’s taking “the purple pill” and how it’s supposed to be a miracle drug. He looked at me all grossed out and told me that he didn’t need to know that my mom was on Viagra.
Viagra is an excellent example of how women are often left behind when it comes to advancements in health. It’s still a patriarchal society. Just look at birth control…why haven’t we made more advancements in developing a male birth control yet, yet we readily have Viagra? It’s like as if highlighting male virility is more important. If you want to use a birth control method, your options for a male are using a rubber or a vasectomy. Yet, they expect women to ingest all sorts of hormones or insert things up our hoo-has, like as if getting knocked up was our faults.
Look at heart disease studies…it’s not until recently that women are being educated about the risks of heart disease, eventhough we get it’s just as big of a killer of women as it is for men.
As for the HPV vaccine, why aren’t males being vaccinated, too? If we can prevent males from contracting hpv, then we can protect our little girls from getting it from them.
Hmmm… of course, I think being skeptical of vaccines or medication is good. But I find that thinking that abstinence and moral will fix the problem just does not correspond to reality. On the CDC website I found this: “By age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have acquired genital HPV infection. About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year.” At LEAST 80% at age 50!!! Most of the times, women have no symptoms and the virus disappears by itself. But for many others… there might be problem. Therefore, it does not depend on virtue, moral, or social status.
In the end, it’s all about evaluating the risk. Is the risk of having problems with the vaccine is higher than taking the chance to get cancer? This is a personal decision, of course, but it’s hard to think you have to impose it on your daughter - who might live much longer than you. But speaking for myself, if I was dying from cancer and somebody told me that all my mom had to do is allow me to get a vaccine, I’m pretty sure I would feel some bitterness, even though I love my mom and she’s NEARLY perfect :D. She would be completely devastated.
This is a really good question. I heard a scientist on NPR asked this question, and her response was that, “The HPV vaccine is a vaccine against a few types (out of more than 500) of this STD. However, in order to make it marketable, the manufacturer needs to tout it as a ‘cancer vaccine,’ not an STD vaccine.” So, because men are not at risk for HPV-related cancer, they are not being vaccinated for it.
The same sort of thing happened with the Hepatitis B vaccine. It was marketed to teenagers and young men and women in the late 90s, and failed miserably. So the CDC recommended it be added to the mandatory vaccine schedule, and it’s now given at birth, usually before a baby leaves the hospital.
The CDC knows that to get people vaccinated, they need be living under their parents’ roof, and their parents need to be taking them to the doctor regularly. Teens don’t visit the doctor as often, which is why this is being recommended for preteens.
Not saying it’s a positive or a negative, just that that’s the rationale.