November 1, 2011
A government panel now recommends that the vaccine against human papillomavirus should be routinely given to boys as well as girls. Our question is: What took so long? Gardasil, the vaccine developed by Merck, protects against the HPV strains most likely to cause cervical cancer. Because its purpose is to reduce this scourge, it always made sense to treat it as a public health issue and vaccinate those who might spread the virus along with those who might actually get sick.
January 5, 2012 |
Some girls may be more likely to overestimate the protection they receive from the HPV vaccine, new research shows. Human papillomaviris, the most common sexually transmitted infection, can infect the genital areas of men and women, cause genital warts and raise the risk of cervical cancer. The new study, published this week by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, looked at the perception of HPV risk among a population of 339 girls between age 13 and 21. At an average age of 16.8 years, 57.5% of these girls were sexually experienced, and most of them reported "continued need" to practice safe sex. However, a good 23.6% appeared to believe mistakenly that their risk of other sexually transmitted diseases was also lower -- even though the HPV vaccine does not protect against the rest of the pantheon of such diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea and syphilis.
October 15, 2012 |
A shot that would make girls more inclined to have sex. When the HPV vaccine came on the scene, there were some who had that fear: This shot will reduce worries about a harmful sexually transmitted infection -- and reduce girls' inhibitions as well. And girls could mistakenly believe it's a magic bullet against pregnancy and other sexually transmitted diseases too. A new study kicks those fears to the curb. Researchers looked at girls who'd had an HPV vaccine and tracked the appointments they made and the advice they sought regarding sexual health over the next three years.
September 13, 2011 |
The HPV vaccine, which protects women against the human papilloma virus, is in the news once again, thanks to the recent GOP debate in which presidential candidate Michele Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's proposed mandate of the vaccine and called it "...what potentially could be a very dangerous drug. " But that's not how most mainstream medical organizations in the U.S. see the HPV vaccine, approved in 2006 to prevent the spread of the virus, which can cause genital warts and may lead to cervical cancer.
April 4, 2007 |
Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson said in Santa Fe that he would veto a bill that would have required New Mexico girls entering sixth grade to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. Richardson had indicated he would sign the bill after it passed the Legislature last month. He said he changed his mind after parents and doctors told him their concerns about the program.
March 18, 2013 |
Parents forgo vaccines for their teenage kids for a number of reasons, researchers said Monday in a paper reporting findings from the annual National Immunization Survey of Teens, which was published in the journal Pediatrics. That might mean that public health agencies need to try new things to get immunizations on target to prevent spread of the human papilloma virus, the cause of cervical and other cancers. Overall, immunization rates among teenagers are on the way up, the Pediatrics study noted.
September 13, 2011 |
A 2007 executive order by Texas Gov. Rick Perry has become the latest post-debate headache for the Republican presidential front-runner, who was accused of "crony capitalism" Tuesday by Rep. Michele Bachmann. The fight over requiring vaccinations for young girls — which surfaced in Monday's Florida debate — involved government prerogatives and cancer. But it also had a strong moral subtext: Bachmann and other social conservatives objected to forcible inoculations against a disease spread by sexual activity, while Perry defended himself with the language of the antiabortion movement.
May 10, 2007 |
New data on the controversial HPV vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer have raised serious questions about its efficacy, researchers reported today, potentially undercutting the efforts in many states to make vaccination mandatory. Although the vaccine, called Gardasil, blocked about 100% of infections by the two human papilloma virus strains it targets, it reduced the incidence of cancer precursors by only 17% overall.
February 25, 2007 |
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered that all of the state's middle-school-aged girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, the backlash was swift and sure. Critics argued that the executive order promoted promiscuity, trampled on parental rights and subjected children to a new vaccine with unknown long-term effects. Texas lawmakers, unhappy that Perry sidestepped their authority, pushed a bill through committee that would rescind the mandate.
August 11, 2008 |
Sandra Levy wants to do everything she can to safeguard the health of her 11-year-old daughter -- and that, of course, includes cancer prevention. She has had her child inoculated with one shot of Gardasil, the human papilloma virus vaccine that may prevent cervical cancer. But now, she says, she has serious reservations about going ahead with the next two injections of the course. "It's very confusing, and we really don't know if it's 100% safe," says Levy, of Long Beach.