A great video on the Human Papillomavirus.
The Lancet medical journal published a study that showcased a cheap method of detecting cervical cancer by using vinegar and gauze. Using this visual screening test reduced the number of cases by a quarter according to the story. This method will really help women who live in poor countries where medical care is scarce and the thought of checking for cervical cancer is usually overlooked.
The visual screening test is done by a trained health care worker. The worker will wash the woman’s cervix with vinegar and gauze while a speculum is used to hold it open. Within a minute, any pre-cancerous lesions turn a very white color and can be seen with the naked eye under a halogen lamp.
Research has shown that visual screening is almost as effective in catching cancer as Pap smears which is a lot more expensive.
The test isn’t without it’s faults though. It does produce a fair share of false positives so the health care workers have to be trained to learn to determine the difference.
It’s good to know that a test like this exists and will help women in all countries determine if cervical cancer is threatening them.
This one is for just about anyone that visits this website:
Does vaccinating your preteen girl with Gardasil promote promiscuity?
We’re sure there’s a lot of people who are on one side of the fence or another. We’d like to hear your opinions for or against this idea of vaccinating preteen girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer.
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Georgia was set to become the latest state to require the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination Gardasil to preteen girls. Mercks Gardasil, a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, was nixed as lawmakers shut down the proposal after aggressive lobbying by religious conservatives, who argued that vaccinating preteen girls would/could promote promiscuity.
It seems that a lot of states are failing to pass legislation mandating Gardasil as many of the proposals are now to only provide parents with educational materials instead of requiring the vaccine.
Texas lawmakers rejected Governor Rick Perry’s HPV vaccine order last week. The bill essentially would bar state officials from requiring the vaccine for four years. The Governor still has the opportunity to veto the bill.
From AP news:
Republican Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the bill’s House sponsor, said he believes it is fair and reasonable.
“I think the governor should see this as the Legislature making a very clear and respectful statement, and I hope he’ll accept our wishes,” Bonnen said.
Governor’s spokeswoman, Krista Moody, had this to say on his behalf:
“The governor looks forward to a day when cervical cancer is eradicated and Texas women no longer have to cope with the devastating effects of this disease,” she said, adding that the Legislature’s actions will “delay that day for another four years.”
Merck’s Gardasil, the vaccine protects against four strains of the sexually transmitted HPV infection. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the vaccine for girls and women ages 9 to 26.
Update: We just added a forum to this site. Please be sure to post your thoughts and experiences there as well!
We just read a very interesting comment from one of our readers in another post where she describes her daughter had become numb and fainted after being administered an injection of Merck’s Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV - Human Papillomavirus which is being mandated in some states. While we’re not sure if this is a common reaction to the vaccine or maybe just a phobia about getting “shots”, it was concerning enough to our reader to state she would not allow her daughter any follow-up treatments.
Documentation about the side effects of Gardisil are available online. I’ll do some research soon and report what I find.
Have any of your children been vaccinated with Gardisil yet? If so, tell us their reaction to the vaccine and share your experiences with us. We’d like to know how many of you discussed the vaccination with your children and how you explained the vaccine to them. We’d also like to know if you’ve decided NOT to get the vaccination for your child and what the reasons were for not getting it.
Texas lawmakers fought to block governor Rick Perry’s executive order to have school girls vaccinated with the Merck drug Gardasil. The House voted 118-23 last week Wednesday to approve a bill that would keep Gardisil off the list of required shots for school attendance. The measure will now go before the state Senate. It’s said that more than half of the members there are co-sponsoring a bill that is identical.¬† Those 118 votes are more than enough to override a veto by the governor!
The controversial order from the governor has met opposition and praise from both ends of the political spectrum. Many critics of Merck’s Gardisil vaccine have argued that it’s too new and more studies need to be done before it’s mandated for Texas school girls. Others say that it will promote promiscuity and that it doesn’t allow the family of the child to make a choice of what should be done.
What are your thoughts on these proceedings?
Here’s a 5 minute HPV Awareness video made by some Stanford Students. The video has footage of Stanford students intermixed with facts about the Human Papillomavirus. It was interesting to see what college age folk thought and knew about HPV. It ranges from not too much to informed but not entirely sure. This video was just put out this month so it’s recent!