Diseases such as diabetes and cancer cause tens of millions of deaths each year, many of which are premature. Once the burden of rich countries, these non-communicable diseases are increasingly affecting individuals in low- and middle-income countries where they impose heavy burdens on already fragile health systems. Among the most deadly—and preventable—of these diseases is cervical cancer.
Today, a CDC advisory committee recommended that the HPV vaccine become a routine part of health care for 11-year-old boys as well as girls. Public and political reaction to this could serve as an interesting gauge of our double standard when it comes to adolescents and sex.
On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law which allows minors to access STD-prevention services, including the now highly political HPV vaccine, without parental consent.
Michele Bachmann’s been all over the place making comically outrageous claims about the supposed dangers of the HPV vaccine. Will her behavior shed light on the more serious problem of people having vague, unarticulated fears of the vaccine?
All My Children takes on the world of STDs with a storyline about HPV that is, unfortunately, more dramatic than it is accurate.
A new stdy found that male foreskin is a reservior for HPV. The authors suggest that this shows we should be vaccinating boys as well. Others question its implications for circumcision.
HPV vaccine is just as effective in men at preventing genital warts, more children getting health care with CHIP, Spain keeps marriage age at 14 (and what’s it like in your state?), and the Vatican is setting up an HIV/AIDS conference.
Anti-choice group intervenes in CRR’s OK ultrasound lawsuit, Virginia moves to repeal mandatory HPV vaccine, protesters scare woman away from Planned Parenthood and she ends up at Gosnell’s office, and please enjoy a bible if you’re pregnant and scared.
speaking of HPV vaccines
More than half of sexually active men in the United States will have some form HPV at some point during their lifetime. Yet many don’t know the HPV vaccine was recently approved for men.