Saturday, February 24, 2007

Because your daughter isn't ever going to have sex if you have anything to do with it.

How much do you want to bet that if HPV gave men prostate cancer, instead of women cervical cancer, the current debate about the HPV vaccine would be less about chastity and more about cancer and health?

3 comments:

Josh Shear said...

What I really don't understand is, while it's great that some places – like Texas – are pushing the vaccine, requiring girls to be vaccinated, why aren't they pushing boys and men, who are symptom-less carriers, and probably will never know if they have HPV and if they've ever infected anyone?

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

I guess those stupid people that think it will encourage intercourse forget how often young girls and young women are victims of sexual assaults. Would be a shame if some poor girl was forcefully violated and contracted a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine.

Mrs. Harridan said...

HPV does cause penile cancer in men. My initial understanding was that Merck hadn't fully investigated a male vaccine, but according to this article [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article1295381.ece], Gardasil can be used on both males and females.

It really would be great if the onus was put on both sexes and presented only as a health issue rather than a sexual behavior issue.