The women’s health community’s own debate about the HPV The women’s health community’s own debate about the HPV vaccine has long been overshadowed by Merck’s aggressive marketing and lobbying efforts. In the midst of new critiques of Gardasil, now is a good time for women’s health advocates to reflect on what has happened, examine what remains unknown and recommit to providing the best in education and prevention.
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In what seems to be more like tabloid style reportage than journalism one might expect from CNN, a report on Gardasil uses fear-mongering to tell a story of half-truths and incomplete facts.
A teen’s sexual activity doesn’t predict her future risk for HPV, and shouldn’t determine whether she receives the HPV vaccine, University of Michigan researchers find.
Despite the recognized benefits of universal programs aimed at young girls there is still a need to raise concerns about vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of women who are simply falling through the cracks.