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There’s More To HPV Prevention Than Gardasil

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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Is the HPV Vaccine Safe? What About the Media Reports?

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.

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Obama or McCain’s National Sex Ed Program

Violet Blue has a message for the next President of the United States: Don’t forget about the children. You know, the ones getting pregnant and contracting STDs at jaw-dropping rates?

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Teen Sexual Behavior Does Not Predict HPV Risk

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.

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Roundup: McCain Squirms in Silence on Birth Control Question

Watch video of McCain squirming for eight long seconds in response to a birth control question, Birth control prices continue to rise, Catching up on RH issues in Latin America.

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Mandatory HPV Vaccine Moves Forward in Iowa

Only two steps remain in Iowa’s legislative quest to require insurance companies to provide coverage of vaccinations for the human papillomavirus, the major cause of cervical cancer.

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The No-Brainer Syndrome

Both male circumcision and the new HPV vaccine have been called “no-brainers” in the fight to reduce HIV and HPV infection rates. But are they really the magic bullet solutions that they seem to be?

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HPV Vaccine Access Should Be Unrestricted

A new study has found that administering the HPV vaccine based on a woman’s risk factors could prevent access for the vast majority of eligible women. The study supports a federal recommendation that all females ages 11 to 26 should get the vaccine.

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Technological Quick Fixes in Sexual Health

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.

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States Take Action: HPV Vaccine, Funding CPCs

In the third quarter, only Virginia’s state legislature mandated HPV vaccination for students, while other state legislatures specifically banned a mandate. Other state legislatures expanded eligibility for Medicaid family planning services, and some expanded funding for “crisis pregnancy centers.”

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