Originally Posted by 911over
There isn't "the virus" there are many HPV virus and the shot does not address a greater number of them. It comes nowhere close to erradicating cervical cancer. However that shot may make alot of girls who receive it at a young age, not be aware of their lack of protection against all the other HPV viruses when years later they become sexually active. They may easily think they are protected when that time comes. I'm totally w/Utah on this. The manner in which the drug co marketing the vaccine went about getting the requirement in TX for school age girls was totally unethical & cast considerable suspect upon their motivations for doing so. Having been thru my share of pre-cancerous cervical issues, I've been fully briefed about them by my GYN. Many factors play in here regardless of HPV. HPV is also transient & with a good immune system it goes away. If it caused havoc in a womans body & she was regularly & properly screened, it is easily dealt with. Mandating vaccines for non-life threatening diseases is pretty severe & to me doesn't sound like freedom to parent our children, feels like state run parenting & medical care decision making. Where does my knowledge & experience get to come into play ? I'm supposed to fork out the money & have no choice about it ?
To start with, I am not advocating mandatory immunization, but I believe it is foolish to forego it, and irresponsible to forego immunizing your children.
Some of your ascertations are incorrect. First, the vaccine treats the strains of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancer according to the CDC, and 90% of genital warts.
Secondly, girls should be informed and protect against all STI's, regardless of HPV vaccination. They should also be advised to continue to get pap smears. those are just medicine, and to use the argument that HPV vaccination may give any woman a false sense of security is an argument based solely on the presumption that they will ignore good medical advice.
Third, cervical cancer certainly is a life threatening disease. Prior to the vaccine, it was #14 on the list of cancer mortality. Even at 70%, the vaccine has the potential of eliminating 7000 cancer cases in the US each year, and 3500 deaths. In the developing world, cervical cancer is the #2 cancer killer.
I don't know who told you that HPV "goes away" in women with good immune systems; if it was your doctor, I would get a new doctor.
As far as it being "easily dealt with", do you consider the removal of part or all of your cervix something akin to a sprained wrist or a cold?