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Re: “Bachmann right to attack Perry on HPV vaccine

Thank you!
I'm so glad that someone mentioned other cancers associated with HPV as well as the important fact that males as well as females can be affected by the disease!
I didn't want to overwhelm others with my first post but- this is very important to note.

Posted by karenvbriggs on September 17, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Bachmann right to attack Perry on HPV vaccine

Yes, considering the high rate of infection, the overall cancer and survival rates of women infected with HPV are low. Thankfully, it takes on average, 12 years for dysplastic, pre-cancerous cells to develop into cervical (or anal) cancer.
So, great, we might not die. But what about quality of life?
What your article completely misses, and the current vaccines are trying to prevent, are the litany of bi-annual pap-smears tracking the progression of this disease, exorbitantly expensive colposcopies (cervical biopsies), excruciating LEEP procedures (the electrocution of pre-cancerous cervical cells) and cone biopsies (cervical surgery) which are linked to higher incidences of miscarriage, the inability to carry fetuses full term, weeks and weeks of recovery time and one hell of a dent in the bank account.
For those that can take a dent in the bank account.
At-risk youth have much higher rates of HPV and generally receive far less care-preventative or otherwise.
I want to make clear that on-market vaccines are aimed at preventing the most commonly occurring, high-risk strains of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer. These vaccines do not, at this point, do anything to prevent low-risk strains, which can cause genital warts.
I also want to make VERY clear that HPV is almost impossible NOT to get, as it can be transmitted by skin to skin contact (contributing to the 80% infection rate in women over 50). Technically, one could be a virgin and still be infected- for all those wondering if abstinence is an effective prevention method.
It's not.
So, while the virus may not kill us, at times, those infected can feel pretty damn morbid.
I'll leave you with this:
Would you trust the fate of any other public health epidemic affecting 80% of the nation's women to the public?
Our women, girls, bodies and loved ones deserve better.

Posted by karenvbriggs on September 17, 2011 at 4:57 PM
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