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HPV Vaccine Mandates Risky and Expensive (Vaccine Safety Group Finds Serious Reactions, High Costs)
PR Newswire ^ | Feb 1, 2007 | Unknown

Posted on 02/06/2007 8:58:03 PM PST by Marie

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since the CDC's July 2006 universal use recommendation for all young girls, NVIC found reports of loss of consciousness, seizures, joint pain and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In a separate evaluation of costs for young girls being vaccinated in private pediatrician offices, NVIC discovered that parents living in the Washington, D.C. area will be paying between $500 and $900 to have their daughters receive three doses of GARDASIL.

"GARDASIL safety appears to have been studied in fewer than 2,000 girls aged 9 to 15 years pre-licensure clinical trials and it is unclear how long they were followed up. VAERS is now receiving reports of loss of consciousness, seizures, arthritis and other neurological problems in young girls who have received the shot," said NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher. "At the same time, parents who take their daughters to private pediatricians are going to be shocked to find that they will be paying two to three times the widely publicized $360 cost for the three-dose series. The cost is going to break the pocketbooks of parents and break the banks of both insurance companies and taxpayers, when the reality is that almost all cases of HPV- associated cervical cancer can be prevented with annual pap screening of girls who are sexually active."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: captaingardasil; gardasil; hpv; hpvvaccine; merck; rickperry; texas
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As a new citizen of Texas, I'm *really* irritated with our governor for signing an executive order stating that all our girls must be vaccinated with this drug.

My main argument against mandatory vaccination with Gardasil has always been with the fact that it’s so new. I don't care how careful the FDA is; new side effects are found when a drug hits the masses. Sometimes they're not so bad. Sometimes they're devastating.

Parents and their children's doctors should be the ones to make the decision for our girls. Heck, at least run it through the state legislature!

1 posted on 02/06/2007 8:58:06 PM PST by Marie
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To: Marie
Parents and their children's doctors should be the ones to make the decision for our girls. Heck, at least run it through the state legislature!

Gordon Liddy today agreed; called it the "slut shot" because by mandating it for all young girls it assumed they would all become sexually active as young teens.

2 posted on 02/06/2007 9:03:06 PM PST by CedarDave (The "Mark Levin Show" live feed has the best bumper music on the net. Listen tonight!)
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To: Marie
when the reality is that almost all cases of HPV- associated cervical cancer can be prevented with annual pap screening of girls who are sexually active.

This is, in fact a lie.

Annual pap smears hope to catch cervical cancer before it becomes a nasty, invasive, metastatic disease. They in no way prevent the disease, nor are they perfect.
3 posted on 02/06/2007 9:03:11 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: CedarDave
Gordon Liddy today agreed; called it the "slut shot" because by mandating it for all young girls it assumed they would all become sexually active as young teens.

You do understand that the HPV virus does not check to see if a valid marriage certificate is in the possession of an individual before it infects them? That a girl who is raped by an HPV positive individual, or a girl who marries an asymptomatic guy who contracted the virus earlier in life and either didn't know or lied about his status is as at risk as the "slut"?
4 posted on 02/06/2007 9:05:05 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Old_Mil

Marry virgins and there isn't a problem.


5 posted on 02/06/2007 9:06:29 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Marie

Another major issue is that it only protects against 4 of
the 16 major variants of the virus...they are the 4 most
prevalent at this time, but if everyone is "xxxxxxx" everyone
else, cause they think they are safe, then soon enough,
the other 12 variants will show up...
Why don't they make it mandatory not to pass the virus on,
and if you do, you go to jail..and pay the persons
medical bills? How about that for "mandatoriness"?


6 posted on 02/06/2007 9:07:20 PM PST by Getready (Truth and wisdom are more elusive, and valuable, than gold and diamonds)
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To: Old_Mil

I think the point is......shame/educate people into KNOWING that NOT behaving like a "slut" could good be GOOD for your HEALTH!


7 posted on 02/06/2007 9:08:33 PM PST by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: Getready

The four variants it protects against are the four that cause disease. This is the way that vaccines are designed, and is true in the case of others such as that against H. Influenza as well.


8 posted on 02/06/2007 9:10:22 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: rwfromkansas

Virgins?????


9 posted on 02/06/2007 9:11:04 PM PST by biff
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To: Froufrou

ping - my friend


10 posted on 02/06/2007 9:11:10 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: goodnesswins
I think the point is......shame/educate people into KNOWING that NOT behaving like a "slut" could good be GOOD for your HEALTH!

That is another issue altogether. I am not against abstinence education. But for people to turn their back on a valid vaccine is silly. Again, as I stated earlier, not everyone who is HPV positive (estimated at up to 70% of the sexually active population of the United States, married or not) got that way because they slept around. In fact, I'd venture to say that the vast majority of these people *weren't* "sluts".
11 posted on 02/06/2007 9:12:25 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: rwfromkansas
Marry virgins and there isn't a problem

Quite right you are! As soon as you invent a virgin detector, let me know.
12 posted on 02/06/2007 9:13:06 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Old_Mil
Annual pap smears hope to catch cervical cancer before it becomes a nasty, invasive, metastatic disease. They in no way prevent the disease, nor are they perfect.

I do agree with you on this.

*IF* this vaccine is safe and truly protects women from cervical cancer... *WHOOPEE*!! I'm there.

BUT I do NOT want my daughter on the front lines of *any* new drug. I've known 5 women who've battled cervical cancer. They're all alive to tell the tale. But my mom was sterilized by her IUD in the 70's and I know medicine isn't perfect. Thalidomide, the Dalkon shield, Phen-fen... at one time we thought they were all fine.

If this were a new drug that offered the hope of saving people on the edge, then I'd be all for it. But we're taking risks with healthy young girls and we won't know for sure how safe this vaccine really is until it's been out for a number of years.

If another mother wants to take this risk with her daughter, fine. But I won't be on that band-wagon.

13 posted on 02/06/2007 9:16:33 PM PST by Marie (Unintended consequences.)
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To: Marie
There was no coronation of Rick Perry and it may come as a surprise to Mr. Perry but he is neither prince or king. The citizens of Texas are not his property. Mr. Perry is obviously seriously lacking in common sense or is just outright stupid as a rock when it comes to understanding that people are not without rights. The liberties and freedoms of parents and their children in Texas are not Mr. Perry's to mess with. He apparently thinks people are cattle and he demands to brand them. Outrageous.

You and I have the ability and the dignity and the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny. -- RONALD REAGAN

14 posted on 02/06/2007 9:16:47 PM PST by isthisnickcool (The only reason you are still conscious is because I don't want to carry you- J. Bauer)
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To: Old_Mil; goodnesswins

The post by goodnesswins captures the meaning in use of the word.


15 posted on 02/06/2007 9:19:57 PM PST by CedarDave (The "Mark Levin Show" live feed has the best bumper music on the net. Listen tonight!)
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To: Marie

But Rick Perry... doesn't he have good hair? He must be a good governor with hair like that.


16 posted on 02/06/2007 9:21:28 PM PST by Brucifer (JF'n Kerry- "That's not just a paper cut, it's a Purple Heart!")
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To: Marie

Kinda like the early birth control pills......


17 posted on 02/06/2007 9:21:38 PM PST by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: Marie
Certainly your choice to make (I'm not in any way supporting mandatory Gardasil vaccinations). However, we've vaccinated millions of people over almost three generations now and there simply isn't any serious scientific evidence that vaccination is harmful to one's health...I'd say that track record puts Gardasil in a different category than the other things you cite. Certainly medicine isn't perfect, but vaccination has a long and respected track record when it comes to preventing disease.
18 posted on 02/06/2007 9:22:29 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: retMD

Seems like Gardasil may not be as safe as Merck & CO., Inc. are claiming. It is sounding more like VIOXX by the minute. At the least it should be tested further, before we begin assaulting little girls with it.


19 posted on 02/06/2007 9:23:10 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Marie

"As a new citizen of Texas, I'm *really* irritated with our governor for signing an executive order stating that all our girls must be vaccinated with this drug."

So are you going to do it?


20 posted on 02/06/2007 9:28:04 PM PST by Revel
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To: Marie
In its product manufacturer insert, Merck states that "Vaccination does not substitute for routine cervical cancer screening. Women who receive GARDASIL should continue to undergo cervical cancer screening per standard of care." Merck also states that "The duration of immunity following a complete schedule of immunization with GARDASIL has not been established."

This says it all. They don't know jack about this product for the use described (young girls). Merck has been a company in trouble for several years, and they've hired lobbyists to make this product mandatory in as many places as possible to get them over the hump.

Funny. Pfizer didn't have to pay anyone to get Viagra made mandatory to make a bundle on it . . .

21 posted on 02/06/2007 9:28:06 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: rwfromkansas

And I can't believe I just said that on a website, but oh well.


23 posted on 02/06/2007 9:32:42 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: ConservaTexan
If you won't believe Merck, perhaps you'll believe the UT-Galveston medical school..

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the known cause of almost all cases of cervical cancer. An understanding of the HPV genome has allowed the development of two prophylactic vaccines capable of protecting against both persistent HPV infection and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) with 100% efficacy in fully vaccinated women. The vaccines, manufactured by Merck (Gardasil, which was approved by the US FDA in June, 2006) and GlaxoSmithKline (Cervarix, which will be submitted for US FDA approval by the end of 2006), both target HPV types 16 and 18, which together account for 70% of cervical cancer. Merck vaccine also targets HPV 6 and 11, covering =90% of genital warts. These vaccines are highly immunogenic and have an excellent safety profile.

In 1772, a Rev. Edward Massey, preached and published a sermon entitled The Dangerous and Sinful Practice of Inoculation. In this he declared that Job's distemper was probably confluent smallpox; that he had been inoculated doubtless by the devil; that diseases are sent by Providence for the punishment of sin; and that the proposed attempt to prevent them is ``a diabolical operation.''

We need not be like Muslims and start falling back on such archaic views.
24 posted on 02/06/2007 9:33:53 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Old_Mil
However, we've vaccinated millions of people over almost three generations now and there simply isn't any serious scientific evidence that vaccination is harmful to one's health...I'd say that track record puts Gardasil in a different category than the other things you cite. Certainly medicine isn't perfect, but vaccination has a long and respected track record when it comes to preventing disease.

In 5 or ten years, when this vaccine has proven itself safe and effective, I'll pay out-of-pocket for my daughter to get jabbed.

Part of my resistance to vaccines comes from a family physician we had several years ago. I wanted to get the chicken pox vaccine for my kids and he was *very* against it.

My daughter contracted measles after being fully vaccinated. Makes me wonder how effective they really are.

My best friend's son had grand mal seizures a few hours after his first shots. The docs convinced her it was a fluke, he recovered and she brought him back for the next round a few months later. Again he seized.

Because there are side effects and consequences to all medical procedures and medications, it should be up to the patient (or their parents) and their doctors to make these decisions. Not politicians.

25 posted on 02/06/2007 9:37:14 PM PST by Marie (Unintended consequences.)
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To: Revel
So are you going to do it?

No. Not now.

26 posted on 02/06/2007 9:39:10 PM PST by Marie (Unintended consequences.)
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To: Marie
My daughter contracted measles after being fully vaccinated. Makes me wonder how effective they really are.

Certain vaccines (influenza and the MMR), partial immunity can be conferred through a process that's a bit too long for me to get into here. In such cases, though you come down with the disease, you get a much milder form. For instance, in the case of mumps, you might end up with a transient illness measured in weeks instead of lifelong infertility as a consequences.
27 posted on 02/06/2007 9:42:27 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: CedarDave

It's amazing how many Freepers are running to the defense of this "little Eichman", the governor of Texas. It's disgusting. Is it because he is Republican? Or have these FReepers become infected by nanny state fever. Next they'll be saying socialized medicine is the way to go.


28 posted on 02/06/2007 9:45:35 PM PST by TheDon (Are you a cut and run conservative?)
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To: Marie

"*IF* this vaccine is safe and truly protects women from cervical cancer... *WHOOPEE*!! I'm there."

Ahh, but therein lies the rub - According to the latest Merck commercial, even they *don't* guarantee this vaccine will be 100% effective. "May prevent" is hardly a rousing endorsement.

Given the exorbitant cost, the apparent lack of long-term clinical trials, the increasing number of reported "side effects" that go far beyond those that Merck acknowledges, and the *fact* that Merck will only say that it *might* prevent only 4 types of HPV in *some* of those who receive the vaccine, I'd say you're wise to be wary. Sadly, this does not appear to be the "magic bullet" some appear to think it is.


29 posted on 02/06/2007 10:01:32 PM PST by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense")
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To: Marie
This is my field. If I had a daughter I wouldn't have her get it. This will protect against a good many strains of HPV but not all. It hasn't had it's long term effects established. Most vaccines are for diseases that people get just by being near an infected person. Getting this virus is absolutely preventable. Meanwhile, HPV has been on the scene for a good many years but 40 years ago most cervical cancers were not caused by HPV. And there were a lot of cervical cancers then. This vaccine is not a silver bullet.
30 posted on 02/06/2007 10:13:23 PM PST by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically!))
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To: CedarDave
Gordon Liddy today agreed; called it the "slut shot" because by mandating it for all young girls it assumed they would all become sexually active as young teens.

Then Gordon Liddy is a horse's ass. 80% of American women have been infected with HPV at least once by their fiftieth birthday. 80% of American women are not sluts.

31 posted on 02/06/2007 10:16:35 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: originalbuckeye
Thank you, buckeye.

As a mom, it's *my* job to be cautions. I have to question everything. My daughter *has* been vaccinated against MMR, polio, etc. and I don't regret that. ON DOCTOR'S ORDERS we didn't get her vaccinated with the chickenpox vaccine and she got through it the ol' fashioned way. I'm not against modern medicine, but I've learned the hard way not to blindly applaud drug reps' propaganda.

32 posted on 02/06/2007 10:18:55 PM PST by Marie (Unintended consequences.)
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To: originalbuckeye
This will protect against a good many strains of HPV but not all.

Not all, just the strains that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases. That's not insignificant.

Getting this virus is absolutely preventable.

The only surefire way to prevent HPV is to join a nunnery.

40 years ago most cervical cancers were not caused by HPV.

That's just nonsense. This is your field?

33 posted on 02/06/2007 10:22:18 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: Old_Mil

Yes, a girl who is raped by an HPV positive man may get it. I do get tired of people trotting out a scenario that is mostly rare to use for making public policy. It's like the abortion lobby using the rape argument when most abortions aren't connected to a rape at all.


34 posted on 02/06/2007 10:25:58 PM PST by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically!))
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To: Alter Kaker

Yes, this is my field. When I went into this field the description of an altered cell with the name 'koilocytotic atypia' was fairly new. Those cells are now recognized as HPV.


35 posted on 02/06/2007 10:28:10 PM PST by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically!))
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To: originalbuckeye
Getting this virus is absolutely preventable.

But getting the vaccine is mandatory.

Go figure.

36 posted on 02/06/2007 10:34:38 PM PST by Kryptonite (Keep Democrats Out of Power!)
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To: originalbuckeye

Clearly, this is not your field; if it were, you would be making accurate statements. It is the mortality from cervical cancer that has gone down...and that too, only in the US because of the early detection that pap smears provide.

Furthermore, the issue of preventability of this disease has been addressed already.


37 posted on 02/06/2007 10:48:08 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: Old_Mil; originalbuckeye
This is *not* my field; however, I'd like to throw in my 2 cents.

1. 40 years ago, sexual promiscuity wasn't was widespread as it is today.

2. If many cervical cancers are *not* caused by a virus, it would stand to reason:

3. ... that 40 years ago most cervical cancers weren't caused by a virus. 40 years ago, the viruses that cause cervical cancer weren't allowed the opportunity to spread. Most cases of CC would be caused by other means.

OB isn't wrong. 40 years ago viral-caused cervical cancers probably were rare because 40 years ago people primarily had sex with lawful mates who lived by the same moral codes.

38 posted on 02/06/2007 11:13:03 PM PST by Marie (Unintended consequences.)
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To: Marie
1. 40 years ago, sexual promiscuity wasn't was widespread as it is today.

I have no reason to believe that this is in fact the case. 40 years ago was 1967. Regardless, we treat what we find today, not what was found 40 years ago...

2. If many cervical cancers are *not* caused by a virus, it would stand to reason:

...and the vast majority of cervical cancer *is* caused by HPV. Cancers of the oropharynx are also caused by HPV, btw.

3. ... that 40 years ago most cervical cancers weren't caused by a virus. 40 years ago, the viruses that cause cervical cancer weren't allowed the opportunity to spread. Most cases of CC would be caused by other means.

Smoking does cause cervical cancer as well. While it is possible that it was the leading cause 40 years ago (which I seriously doubt), that still has no bearing on reality today.
39 posted on 02/06/2007 11:31:20 PM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: isthisnickcool

Mr. Perry is obviously seriously lacking in common sense or is just outright stupid as a rock

I think I'll need to flip a coin on that one...:-)

40 posted on 02/06/2007 11:46:51 PM PST by Sarajevo (TSA - Employing the unemployable)
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To: rwfromkansas

Depends on how you define "virgin." HPV can be spread through direct physical contact that excludes intercourse.

And it can be spread without a condom, as well.


41 posted on 02/07/2007 1:04:02 AM PST by CheyennePress
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To: CheyennePress

Correction: it can be spread even with a condom.


42 posted on 02/07/2007 1:04:34 AM PST by CheyennePress
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To: Brucifer
But Rick Perry... doesn't he have good hair?

We're beginning to wonder if it really isn't just some kind of exotic brain mold.

43 posted on 02/07/2007 4:27:30 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am not an administrative, public, corporate or legal 'person'.....and neither are my children!)
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To: Old_Mil
However, we've vaccinated millions of people over almost three generations now and there simply isn't any serious scientific evidence that vaccination is harmful to one's health.

Not with Gardasil, you haven't. The claim of vaccine-related Guillain-Barre Syndrome certainly has my attention. Good grief, that's why aspirin is no longer used for children but OK for adults. There is something systemically different about a prepubescent child than a young adult. Mass innoculations of millions of pre-teens because a handful seem to be ok after a few years is lunacy! I doubt any of the study girls have entered child-bearing years, let alone had a child, or that child has grown enough for many potential effects to be known. What happens if this turns out to be this generation's DES? You experiment with your kid, not mine.

44 posted on 02/07/2007 5:11:33 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: Old_Mil; HoustonCurmudgeon; hocndoc; MamaTexan
"Valid vaccine???" VAERS is now receiving reports of loss of consciousness, seizures, arthritis and other neurological problems in young girls who have received the shot," said NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher. "At the same time, parents who take their daughters to private pediatricians are going to be shocked to find that they will be paying two to three times the widely publicized $360 cost for the three-dose series.<< Did your dog eat your homework? Get real, ppl, this is a freakin' loose cannon!
45 posted on 02/07/2007 5:37:42 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Old_Mil
The mortality started going down in the 60's after Dr Papanicolaou invented the 'Pap smear' in 1957. Trust me, the cervical cancers then were not clearly associated with the HPV virus. They look completely different today in detection.

The virus started proliferating because of looser sexual mores practiced by women, led by the feminist movement. Before now, vaccines were required for viruses that are easily communicated due to the proximity of the infected person. This is only communicated through direct contact. And you are right with one thing. It is connected to oropharyngeal cancer ,too. Of course, that's due to the exponential rise of oral sex. Oral sex isn't really sex, right? It is true that sometimes you can't see the lesions on the penis. It can be there and there is no visual wart. Don't pretend that I don't know what I'm talking about. I am making accurate statements.

Maybe next time we can discuss the rise in anal cancer in the gay community. Yep, that pesky HPV virus again. It's a very nasty, sometimes hidden, virus. But it is always preventable. There are male virgins, too.
46 posted on 02/07/2007 5:44:11 AM PST by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically!))
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To: Old_Mil

This type of reasoning is akin to "past history is a guarantee of future results." New vaccines should be subject to the same level of medical skepticism as any other new drug regardless of past history.


47 posted on 02/07/2007 5:51:55 AM PST by Ford4000
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To: Marie
Parents and their children's doctors should be the ones to make the decision for our girls.

Exactly. This is a concept many can't seem to grasp.

48 posted on 02/07/2007 5:56:14 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Old_Mil
That a girl who is raped by an HPV positive individual, or a girl who marries an asymptomatic guy who contracted the virus earlier in life and either didn't know or lied about his status is as at risk as the "slut"?

It's interesting that those who support abortion on demand also play the 'rape' card to support their views.

49 posted on 02/07/2007 5:57:34 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Getready
Why don't they make it mandatory not to pass the virus on, and if you do, you go to jail..and pay the persons medical bills?

But that would require taking responsibility for one's own actions, and we can't have that.

50 posted on 02/07/2007 5:58:27 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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