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Hello. My name is Saraya Diraimondo. I am Bonnie Diraimondo's daughter. I wanted to inform anyone from this site that she helped or talked to that she passed away last Thursday, March 1. It was a ...

my mother, Bonnie Diraimondo

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When Merck Pharmaceuticals received approval from the FDA for the Gardasil vaccine in 2006, it was for the protection against four strains of HPV and is therefore referred to as quadrivalent. ...

HPV Vaccine Protects Against More than Cervical Cancer

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Now that I have raised the ire of anyone who now has cervical cancer, or has survived, or has lost a loved one to this disease, let me delve further into the importance of ending the focus on ...

Why the Focus on Cervical Cancer Must End

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It is never easy to lose someone to death, even if you have been prepared for it in advance. Having lost one parent quickly to a heart attack and another parent to a long-term cancer I have ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post When Disease is Preventable

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On February 5, 2012, the world lost a truly courageous soul, that of Michele Baldwin. At age 45, she had suffered from cervical cancer, the result of HPV (human papillomavirus). Baldwin ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post HPV Advocate Succumbs to Cervical Cancer

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It is never easy to lose someone to death, even if you have been prepared for it in advance. Having lost one parent quickly to a heart attack and another parent to a long-term cancer I have ...

When Disease is Preventable

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On February 5, 2012, the world lost a truly courageous soul, that of Michele Baldwin. At age 45, she had suffered from cervical cancer, the result of HPV (human papillomavirus). Baldwin ...

HPV Advocate Succumbs to Cervical Cancer

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Erythema nodosum is a very painful condition of the skin, typically the lower legs, and is more common in women than in men. It presents with an outcropping of nodules beneath the skin and is ...

Erythema Nodosum: When the Body Attacks Itself

I was surprised to learn that 70 percent of the immune system receptors are located within the gut or intestine, and that the permeability of the gut plays a significant part in a variety of ...

Is Your Immune System Being Compromised?

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Unfortunately HPV, like other sexually transmitted infections, carries with it a stigma. I believe that this stigma is misplaced from the start. HPV is actually transmitted by skin-to-skin contact ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post Fighting the Stigma of HPV

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One of the reasons that the question still persists regarding whether or not HPV goes away on its own is that the answer is both yes, and no. Each of these answers depends upon numerous factors ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post The Ultimate Controversy: Will HPV Go Away on Its Own?

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In my earlier article, The Ultimate Controversy: Will HPV Go Away on Its Own? I talked about this controversial question. The answer you receive from a health care professional may be yes, but ...

More on the Ultimate Controversy: Does HPV Go Away on Its Own?

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One of the reasons that the question still persists regarding whether or not HPV goes away on its own is that the answer is both yes, and no. Each of these answers depends upon numerous factors ...

The Ultimate Controversy: Will HPV Go Away on Its Own?

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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Anonymous' post Can HPV go away on its own?

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Many teens concerned about maintaining their virginity are turning to oral and anal sex instead. What they often fail to understand is that these sexual alternatives can carry just as high a risk ...

'Virginity Pledges' May Lead to More High-Risk Sexual Behavior

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Everyone knows, whether they deal with it directly or not, that the cost of medical coverage including medications has gone through the roof. For those individuals on Medicare, resulting either ...

Obtaining Assistance for Medications

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As parents, of course we want to know that the necessary steps have been taken to show that any vaccine, not just HPV, has been evaluated with respect to the costs benefit analysis of receiving ...

Parents: Ask about Financial Assistance for Medically Recommended Vaccines

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Despite being selected by the National Cancer Institute as one of the most successful investments for developing innovative products to fight cancer, the FDA, as anticipated by this author, denied ...

FDA Denies Luviva Cervical Screening Device: Editorial

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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Anonymous' post Can HPV go away on its own?

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The FDA has informed Guided Therapeutics that it expects to rule by January 20, 2012 on its application for pre-market approval. Guided Therapeutics are makers of the LuViva device which can ...

Will FDA Approve Cervical Cancer Screening Device? An Editorial

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I spoke with a friend of mine the other day. Her son of 35 was diagnosed with colon cancer a short time ago. Not only that, but they also found three lesions in his liver indicating that the ...

Understanding How Cancer Patients Cope

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Dr. Jimmie Holland, author and renowned psychiatrist, and her husband Dr. Billie Holland, a cancer specialist often had conversations regarding his work during the early 1970s to which she would ...

Treating the Cancer Patient as a Whole

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For more than three years now, I have been working as a patient advocate for those with HPV-related conditions. During that time I have heard the stories of dozens of women (and men) whose ...

How Ignoring Treatment Guidelines Affects Cancer Patients

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Photodynamic therapy or PDT is a fairly new form of treatment used to treat various forms of cancer. The treatment involves utilizing various photosensitizing agents along with differing ...

Treating Cancer with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

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Recent research, which took place over a period of 14 years and utilized two irrefutable government sources for its statistical information, was presented at the 2011 annual meeting of The ...

How Assistance Discriminates Against Cancer Patients: Editorial

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It’s long past time for the specialty of colorectal surgeons and even gastroenterologists to come up to current standards when it comes to dealing with anal cancer. Bleeding hemorrhoids is more ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post Colorectal Surgeons Border on Negligence in Cases of Anal Cancer: Editorial

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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Anonymous' post Can HPV go away on its own?

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It’s long past time for the specialty of colorectal surgeons and even gastroenterologists to come up to current standards when it comes to dealing with anal cancer. Bleeding hemorrhoids is more ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post Colorectal Surgeons Border on Negligence in Cases of Anal Cancer: Editorial

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It’s long past time for the specialty of colorectal surgeons and even gastroenterologists to come up to current standards when it comes to dealing with anal cancer. Bleeding hemorrhoids is more ...

Colorectal Surgeons Border on Negligence in Cases of Anal Cancer: Editorial

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I had the unfortunate experience of having to spend Christmas night in the Emergency Room with concerns regarding numerous lumps I had found in my calves. ...

Nurse Alert: Education Regarding HPV

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Individuals reading about the human papillomavirus and the HPV vaccine will most likely come across comments pertaining to HPV genotyping. So just what is HPV genotyping and how can it be ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post What is HPV Genotyping and Can It Help You?

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Several weeks ago, the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice) finally changed their position on the HPV vaccine use for boys and young men from allowed to recommended. This after ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post US Lags Behind Again in Protecting Women: Editorial

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In a recent interview with XO Jane of Sirius radio, Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of the famous singer Billy Joel and supermodel mom in her own right Christie Brinkley, exposed the fact that she had ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post Alexa Ray Joel is DEAD Wrong About HPV: Editorial

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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Anonymous' post Can HPV go away on its own?

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In a recent study conducted by Dr. Hsu-Ko Kuo and Dr. Ken Fujise from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, showed that women infected with HPV were at higher risk for heart attacks ...

HPV Implicated in Heart Attacks and Strokes in Women

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I know I have often seen movies or television shows in which usually somewhat older children, perhaps in their twenties, are somehow reminded of the fact that their parents are still sexually ...

Parents Just Don’t Want to Think About Their Kids Having Sex

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In the short time since my previous article about the new cervical screening device LuViva, Health Canada has approved the use of Guided Therapeutics new device for such screening. While the FDA ...

Will Canada Medically Outpace the United States in Cervical Screening?

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There has been an increased amount of reporting lately across a variety of news media from radio to print articles involving HPV. Women are willing to speak up about the virus, the knowledge of ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post How Strong Will Your Voice Be?

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According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) it has designated the LuViva(TM) Advanced Cervical Scan by Guided Therapeutics, Inc. as one of the agency's greatest investments success stories. ...

New Device Investigated to Detect Cervical Cancer

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There has been an increased amount of reporting lately across a variety of news media from radio to print articles involving HPV. Women are willing to speak up about the virus, the knowledge of ...

How Strong Will Your Voice Be?

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In this month's Vogue magazine, Ayelet Waldman, noted author and wife of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, described her conversation with her children’s pediatrician regarding the HPV ...

Turning the Corner with HPV

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Several weeks ago, the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice) finally changed their position on the HPV vaccine use for boys and young men from allowed to recommended. This after ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post US Lags Behind Again in Protecting Women: Editorial

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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Anonymous' post Can HPV go away on its own?

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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Anonymous' post Can HPV go away on its own?

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Several weeks ago, the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice) finally changed their position on the HPV vaccine use for boys and young men from allowed to recommended. This after ...

US Lags Behind Again in Protecting Women: Editorial

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In a recent interview with XO Jane of Sirius radio, Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of the famous singer Billy Joel and supermodel mom in her own right Christie Brinkley, exposed the fact that she had ...

Bonnie Diraimondo RN commented on Bonnie Diraimondo RN's post Alexa Ray Joel is DEAD Wrong About HPV: Editorial

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In a recent interview with XO Jane of Sirius radio, Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of the famous singer Billy Joel and supermodel mom in her own right Christie Brinkley, exposed the fact that she had ...

Alexa Ray Joel is DEAD Wrong About HPV: Editorial

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I have previously written about the long term use of medications such as Nasonex for allergies and the potential effects this may have on a patient with HPV. Nasonex is a corticosteroid and any ...

Could Your Medication be Increasing Your Risks From Cancer? An Editorial

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With the holidays fast approaching, this is usually the time of year that people not only open their hearts, but their minds as well. There appears to be a greater sense of human compassion and ...

The True Meaning of the Holidays

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Individuals reading about the human papillomavirus and the HPV vaccine will most likely come across comments pertaining to HPV genotyping. So just what is HPV genotyping and how can it be ...

What is HPV Genotyping and Can It Help You?