First Cervical Cancer Vaccine Approved  

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6/9/2006 2:21 pm

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First Cervical Cancer Vaccine Approved

The FDA licensed the drug called Gardasil for use in women ages 6-26 to prevent infection of certain strains of HPV. The vaccine only works in women that have not yet been exposed to HPV. Gardasil prevents infection of several strains of HPV that lead to cervical cancer in women and the two major strains that lead to 90% of all genital warts cases.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease. HALF of all sexually active women ages 18-22 are infected. Not all HPV leads to cervical cancer or genital warts. What makes the situation more difficult in preventing transmition is many cases of genital warts clear up and never show again, although you still have the virus. Condoms do not fully prevent infection because it can transmit by skin contact as apposed to fluid transfer. To date there is no "test" to determine infection in men, other than a visual inspection.

Doctors are also seeing more cases of HPV being transfered to babies during birth, with rising cases of virgin's being diagnosed with genital warts.

In the United States 80% of parents favor vaccinating their daughters. But our wonderful religious bible belt right wing is gearing up to fight this, saying abstinence is the only true prevention and that this could cause young women to think they can have easy indescriminate sex leading to other diseases. My only reaction to this is a gut wrentching irritation of their ignorance. Get your daughters vaccinated. It goes back to the old addage " I would rather have a condom and not need one, than need one and not have it!"

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