Little White Lies on the HPV Vaccines (but Here’s the Truth)Posted: November 21, 2011
Written by Will Blesch
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.
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.
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.