) that has numerous genotypes causing various human warts (as the common warts of the extremities, plantar warts, and genital warts) including some associated with the production of cervical cancer--called also vaccine?
While all vaccines have risks and benefits, the HPV vaccine is particularly controversial because of the age at which it’s given.
Gardasil - the vaccine that protects women and men against four types of Human papillomavirus (HPV) that together cause 75% of cervical cancer cases and 90% of genital warts cases - has been making headlines recently.
Historically, vaccines have innately been controversial. Debate abounds as to whether vaccines are a matter of individual choice, parental choice, or state rights.
In the end, the debate behind the HPV vaccine needs to change.
Gardasil is neither a tool of government control nor a mandate that should be enforced upon citizens; Gardasil is a smart choice for both men and women to protect against a sexually transmitted infection.
Parents are no longer presented with reasonable facts upon which to make their decisions, but rather divisive partisan bickering that impedes substantive discussion.
In the September 7th Republican Debate, candidates Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Santorum attacked Perry’s 2007 mandate on these grounds.
In a recent interview, Rick Santorum stated: "To require [the HPV vaccine], and have parents have to be aware of it and have to opt out, that is the heavy hand of government…
While these statistics may seem alarming, most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems (9 of 10 HPV infections go away by themselves within 2 years).
But sometimes HPV infections will persist and cause health issues such as genital warts, cervical cancer, oropharyngeal cancer (throat cancer), anal cancer, vulvar and vaginal cancer, and penile cancer.