Little White Lies on the HPV Vaccines (but Here’s the Truth)

 Written by Will Blesch

Copyright, 2011

With Republican candidates fighting with each other publicly over certain state laws that mandate HPV vaccinations for girls, Politics surrounding the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix have hit a fever pitch over the past few months.

Really, why shouldn’t it? This is a subject worthy of debate. Any voice that speaks out against the vaccines has a tendency to get drowned out, or poo-poohed by “experts” in the media.

However, the fact of the matter is that the HPV vaccines are now being pushed for pre-teen girls AND boys and many parents want to know why.

The government and drug companies seem to many (and I feel rightly so) to be pushing nothing more than hype and scare tactics designed to put billions more dollars into the the drug companies’ coffers.

Governmental organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended these vaccinations and have been casting the debate as a struggle between scientific evidence and religious/cultural perceptions.

(Oh, you stupid, ignorant masses! Gosh…you and your cultural perceptions are so annoying! Don’t you know that these vaccines SAVE lives and prevent CANCER! Wow, your religious idiocy really ticks us off!)

However, these government organizations that SHOULD be looking out for you, the little guy and your family don’t bother to tell you some other facts regarding the HPV vaccines, or indeed, HPV in general. Therefore, I will.

Here is the truth.

Statistically, only a tiny fraction of women ends up with cervical cancer. An even smaller number die from it. A majority of those infected with HPV recover from the infection naturally with no medical intervention whatsoever.

So what is going on?

On one end of the spectrum we have quotes like these coming from Florida pediatrician, Dr. Eehab Kenawy “Parents tend to think about it in the sense that it might be giving their kids an OK to do things that they would not necessarily religiously or culturally believe in.”

On the other, we have statements like these from more conservative doctors like Dr. George Davis, a physician at the Callan Family Care Center “If it works, it’s great; if it has side effects we don’t yet know about, it could be bad. Although it has been tested for FDA approval, we sometimes don’t know all of the side effects until a certain amount of time has passed,” he said. (indenews.com).

In the event that one does become infected, it “may” be a good thing to receive a measure of protection against any of the strains of HPV that the vaccines protect against.

Right?

However, the fact of the matter is that Gardasil is not 100% effective in protecting against HPV transmission. Moreover, there have been a total of 20,096 reports of adverse events following Gardasil® vaccination: 19,075 reports among females and 569 reports for males, of which 504 reports were received after the vaccine was licensed for males in October 2009. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)

In addition, many parents simply do not believe their children, especially male children, are in danger.

For instance, most doctors are not giving out information that cancers caused by HPV in men are due to homosexual activity, and the burden of disease resides in males who engage in oral and anal sex with other men.

Men who have sex with men are about 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than men who only have sex with women.”(CDC)

Nevertheless, Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). While efforts have focused on prevention of HPV, there is currently no cure.

The vaccine is not a cure.

Let’s look at some numbers too, shall we?

There are an estimated 307,006,550 people in the United States. Let’s divide this number by 2, which will give us the 50% of people who could acquire an HPV infection sometime during their lives. That leaves us with 153,503,275 people that will likely be infected with HPV.

So, let’s divide 153,503,275 by 2 assuming that of this number, half are women. This leaves us with 76,751,637. Of those, only 12,000 will be diagnosed with cervical cancer caused by HPV, and of those, 4,000 will die.

That’s 0.02% (rounded up) diagnosed with cervical cancer. Of that number, 33.3% will die.

That’s 0.005% of the numbers of HPV infected women in America.

Obviously, just one person dying is too many. However, you can see from the numbers that HPV caused cervical cancer deaths are extremely low.

Let’s look at the numbers for men.

Again, assuming that half of the 153,503,275 people infected with HPV are men that leaves us with 76,751,637 people. Of those, around 5,000 might be diagnosed with anal cancer.

Of those, 770 will die.

That’s 0.01% (rounded up) of those men infected with HPV that are diagnosed with anal cancer. Of that extremely small number, 15.4% will die.

In overall numbers,  of those men infected with HPV, 0.001% will actually die.

So…someone want to tell me WHY these vaccines are being pushed to the point of being MANDATED by state governments?

What’s that? Ohhhhhh…the drug companies are going to make HOW much? Remember folks, Gardasil costs $150 per dose…and to get fully immunized, each boy and girl is supposed to get 3 doses.

You do the math.


2 Comments on “Little White Lies on the HPV Vaccines (but Here’s the Truth)”

  1. Anna says:

    Do you think it might be hypocritical of you to insinuate that pharmaceutical companies are only in it for the money when you are affiliated with a company that claims its products can treat chronic viral infections such as HPV? After all, the company you’re affiliated with profits from chronic HPV infections that can be prevented by Gardasil. Even worse, it’s received special attention from the FDA for its fraudulent claims that are unsupported by any scientific evidence. I would be ashamed to be affiliated with predatory snake-oil peddlers like them.

    In truth, I believe that valid claims should be able to stand on their own, regardless of who makes them, but to point your finger at Big Pharma when you’re affiliated with Big Supplement is more than a bit amusing to me.

    • Will Blesch says:

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment on my blog.

      I’d like to clear a few things up briefly, if I may.

      I am not affiliated with “big supplement.” I am, however, affiliated with Israeli, biotech company polyDNA in that I write copy for them from time to time. This is true. I’m a professional writer.

      However, I am against the big pharmaceutical companies from my own personal political and moral standpoints. I feel like they are taking advantage of the ignorance of the public, and I feel like they are manipulating evidence (especially in America) to suit their own agendas. (Which is simply…make more money at the expense of innocent people, and anyone who gets in their way.)

      In regards to the company I work for, you are wrong when you say that there is no scientific evidence to back it up.

      This company (and its products) are based on sound science that has been researched and published in peer reviewed medical journals such as “Cell Cycle”, “Archives of Virology”, “Infection, Genetics and Evolution”, “Developmental and Comparative Immunology”, “Archives of Dermatological Research”, “American Journal of Diabetes,” “Experimental Dermatology,” “Genetic and Molecular Research,” “Internet Journal of Infectious Diseases”, “Immunogenetics”, “Journal of Experimental Therapeutics and Oncology”, and “European Journal of Cancer” to name a few.

      Moreover, this research has been reviewed by people such as Kim E. Barrett, PhD – Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

      Sivasubramanian Baskar, PhD – Senior Scientist, National Cancer Institute, NIH

      Afshin Beheshti, PhD – Research Associate, Department of Molecular Genetics, The Forsyth Institute, (Harvard Medical Center Affiliate),

      Tapan K. Bera, PhD – Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute, NIH

      Jerry M. Calkins, MD, PhD – Vice President for Medical Affairs, Conjer, Inc. and Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, University of Arizona College of Medicine,

      Stephen L. Carrithers, PhD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky

      Michael E. DeBakey, MD – Chancellor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine

      Harry Elvanides, MD – Research Fellow, Department of Endocrinology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School…and many more.

      I’d hardly call a company that is backed by such prestigious research and scientists…”snake oil.”

      Feel free to review the information on this research here: http://www.cbcd.net

      You are correct. Valid claims can stand on their own. I feel like our claims do. Moreover, the Gene-Eden products have been shown to help get rid of Chronic infections.

      You may be surprised to learn that, regarding Gardasil, the peer reviewed Annals of Medicine just published a study entitled “Human virus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence-based Medicine” which states, (and I quote) “clinical trials show no evidence that HPV vaccination can protect against cervical cancer.” – Annals of Medicine, Dec. 22, 2011

      You can read the whole extract at pubmed.gov here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Human%20virus%20%28HPV%29%20Vaccine%20Policy%20and%20Evidence-based%20Medicine

      - The matter of the FDA which you have brought up has to do with the fact that the claims of polyDNA have not been evaluated by the FDA. There were no “fraudulent” claims made.polyDNA made the mistake of marketing this product in the U.S. before applying for FDA approval.

      The FDA regularly makes such claims about any company that is promoting products which the FDA has not evaluated.

      Because the FDA has not had the opportunity to evaluate the claims of polyDNA, hardly makes the biotechnology company’s claims “fraudulent” despite the FDA’s harsh language.

      This is a matter that is being rectified, and in fact, polyDNA is now in full compliance with the FDA’s rules and requirements at this stage.

      In any case, the fact that you are concerned about the issues, and that you are reading the literature out there is a good thing. I hope you don’t stop.


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