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The primary cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papilloma Virus.

There is a vaccine that can all but eliminate HPV.

Making the vaccine available can prevent deaths or severe mutilations of millions of women.

To try and make the HPV vaccine illegal because you feel that it sends a message to teenage girls that it's okay to be promiscuous makes me want to run over your nuts with a steamroller. I think it's insane that you want to hold a threat of death in your pocket as a tool to manipulate your children. If you really want to do that, why don't you just threaten to kill them if they have sex?

Personally, I'd rather that they had sex a thousand times in your bed while you watched than got cancer.


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Feb. 19th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Only in America
Feb. 19th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Who wouldn't?
Of course you'd want to watch teenaged girls have sex a thousand times in your bed! That's a no-brainer.
Feb. 19th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Who is trying to make it illegal?

I thought it was all FDA approved and everything.
Feb. 19th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
FDA approval means nothing to those self-righteous right-wing fundie fucktards.

From wiki: Several conservative religious groups in the U.S. have publicly opposed the concept of making HPV vaccination mandatory for pre-adolescent girls, citing fears that vaccination against a sexually transmitted disease might send a subtle message that detracts from an abstinence-based approach to sexual health. Both the Family Research Council and the group Focus on the Family expressed concerns about this.

See, preventing diseases is much less important than preaching the good word that sex is evil.
Feb. 19th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
Making it illegal is way different than not making it mandatory.

Making it illegal would mean (as an adult) I couldn't choose to get it.
Feb. 19th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
But making a vaccine inacessible is essentially the same as making it illegal, only it's in a more subtle way. Choosing to risk the health of minors is irresponsible and negligent.

Will insurance companies cover it if it's not part of the required routine round of vaccinations?

Personally, I think that the Rubella vaccine sends kids a bad message that they should be hanging around with German people.
Feb. 19th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
But as far as I can tell, we are done with the "failing to make legal" part.

Non-coverage is an entirely different issue.
Feb. 19th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
There are still several calls to make the vaccine illegal and unavailable to anyone, though they are in the significant minority now.

I just caught a bit of congressional testimony from one of the aforementioned minority on TV. He was actually calling for making the vaccine illegal, though it may have been in the context of "mandatory" vaccination (he did not use the word mandatory in his tirade, or at least the part I caught).
Feb. 19th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
I'll leave you with this bit of somewhat disturbing info:
While at work last week a coworker read to me some of the text of a medical form he was typing out (90% of my employer's business is hospitals & medical centers). The text of the form read "blighted ovaries". The hospital was one of the Catholic hospitals. Blighted means to have been plagued by the hand of the Almighty himself.

And another thing, HPV is very prevalent in today's sexually active adults:
Over 6 million people acquire HPV each year, and by age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have acquired genital HPV infection. [17] Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms. Some researchers believe that HPV infections may self-resolve and may not be lifelong like herpes. [2]
There are over 100 HPV types.

The vaccine won't stop the disease from spreading. It only blocks the four specific strands of the HPV infection that have been linked to cervical cancer. The FDA only licensed it for young women & girls between the ages of 9-26. So only the very young will benefit from it's development. It is not inexpensive= $360 for a full round of three shots over a 6-month period.

Here's a fact page if you (or anyone else reading this) is interested:
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