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New study finds black women more prone to HPV infection, cervical cancer

A new study conducted at the University of South Carolina indicates human papillomavirus (HPV) infections tend to last longer in college-age black females than in their white peers, potentially exposing them to a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. Dr. Kim Creek, vice-chair and professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences at South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Charleston, told HealthDay his study of HPV infection amongst women enrolled at the University of South Carolina suggests black women “are more likely to have persistent high-risk HPV infection.” HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts. If left untreated, ... Read More

Gardasil distribution stalled in France pending government-ordered study

The distribution of Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has been halted in France, where a government-appointed group of immunologists and other researchers has been formed to determine if the benefits of the vaccine are worth the risks. As in the United States, Gardasil has become a “thorny subject” in France, with many parents suspicious of the vaccine’s benefits and fearful of its risks, according to France’s Le Point. Data pulled from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows that from the time Gardasil was introduced in 2006 until September 15, 2011, 20,096 adverse events following the vaccine ... Read More

Less frequent pap testing won’t increase cervical cancer death rate, authorities say

New guidelines established by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for an end to annual Pap smear tests, recommending instead that women be tested once every three to five years. But as opponents of the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have pointed out, Pap tests are the best protection against cervical cancer resulting from human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. So why would trusted medical authorities call for less Pap screening? Dr. Michael LeFevre, co-vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, told the Associated Press that studies demonstrate the cervical cancer death rate is ... Read More

Group offers support network for girls injured by Gardasil

Girls who believe they have been harmed by Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and their families shouldn’t have to feel alone when dealing with the devastating effects many people believe the drug can have, thanks to an international outreach of volunteers who can help answer questions and provide emotional support. The Guardian Angels, a support group encompassing 23 states and eight countries (including the United States), is made up of 42 volunteers who share knowledge and even personal — in some cases tragic — experience with the Gardasil vaccine. “We would eventually like to have a Guardian Angel in every ... Read More

Despite risks, pediatrics group now recommends Gardasil vaccine for boys

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now including Gardasil® on its list of recommended vaccines for boys as well as girls, claiming the vaccine can effectively prevent the spread of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which in rare cases can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer. It’s a significant win for manufacturer Merck, which had positioned the vaccine to be its next big moneymaker after it had to pull its blockbuster drug Vioxx from the market in 2004 over safety concerns. Although the AAP has maintained that Gardasil® is appropriate for boys, until now the shot has never been ... Read More

Gardasil risks, public outcry cause Gardasil mandates to lose steam

In 2007, Virginia became the first state in the nation to mandate the Gardasil vaccine for girls entering the sixth grade. It was a reckless move by the state legislature – a $1-million effort financed by taxpayer money and fueled by the pharmaceutical lobby that did nothing but turn the 11-year old girls of that state into guinea pigs. Fortunately, Virginia’s House of Delegates voted 62-34 to rescind the law earlier this month, and other would-be Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine mandates are losing traction in areas such as Washington D.C., Florida, and Texas, where they had become hotly contested political ... Read More

Gardasil developer: risky HPV shots currently offer little to no benefit

“The best way to prevent cervical cancer is with routine Pap screening starting at age 21 years. Vaccination cannot prevent as many cervical cancers as can Pap screening,” Dr. Diane Harper, one of the lead developers of the Merck’s Gardasil® and GlaxoSmithKline’s Ceravix® human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, told truthaboutGardasil.org. Dr. Harper also told the organization that the vaccines prevent abnormal pap tests, not cervical cancer. In 2009, Dr. Harper stunned an audience of medical professionals when she announced that, in her opinion, vaccines given to prevent HPV provided little to no benefit for most patients. Since then, Dr. Harper has ... Read More

New recommendations for Gardasil vaccine may put boys at risk

Despite outcry from parents of girls who have received the HPV vaccine Gardasil, and criticism about the vaccine’s effectiveness from one of its own creators, this month the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed its use for boys. This follows a similar recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Critics of the vaccine, which has been linked to thousands of complaints of serious adverse side effects, are left to wonder why their voices are not being heard. When it was introduced by manufacturer Merck, Inc., in 2006, Gardasil was marketed as a preventative treatment for cervical cancer. A ... Read More

Emotions overflow at public forum about Gardasil, as vaccine ‘victims’ speak out

What was designed to be a public health information forum about the HPV vaccine turned into an emotional scene as self-described “victims” of the vaccine spoke out about serious side effects linked to the drug. Perhaps the most well known of these vaccines, which are promoted as protection against the human papillomavirus (HPV), is Gardasil, manufactured by Merck. HPV, which is transmitted sexually,  is linked to the development of cervical cancer and, more recently, cancers of the throat and anus. The public forum was held in an Indianapolis community, sponsored by the Indiana Immunization Coalition. It featured among its panelists ... Read More

Overestimating benefits of HPV vaccines could lead to increased risks

A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine indicates girls who receive HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines like Gardasil and Cervarix may overestimate the amount of protection the drug offers. According to the report, funded by the National Institutes of Health, some girls think they no longer have to practice safe sex after receiving the vaccination, or that they are protected from all types of HPV or protected from HPV indefinitely. In fact, vaccines such as Gardasil only protect against four of hundreds of types of HPV, and the vaccine’s effectiveness diminishes after about five to seven ... Read More