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Farrah, HPV and Lollipop Parties

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Many parents still have a lot of questions about giving their daughters the Gardasil vaccine. I understand why.

First, We really don’t want to accept that our 10-year-old babies will be faced with the sexual onslaught, now known as Middle School. It is the land of Lollipop parties where girls give oral sex to multiple boys for stature and attention.

Not only are Middle Schoolers engaging in high risk oral sex behaviors, they are not afraid to invite or broadcast it on the internet via their cell phones. I had a patient tell me, “Well you can thank Bill Clinton for that!” At the time, I thought it was absurd but he did introduce the mainstream to the belief that oral sex is not a big deal or even recognized as sex with the infamous,” I did not have sexual relations with that woman!” Teenagers will report that kissing is more intimate than oral sex. My how things have changed!

Secondly, if you google Gardasil, the only information on the first page are horror stories of ailments attributed to the vaccine. It is really hard to find objective data about the safety of the vaccine until you look to the groups that we have given our tax dollars to do the research for us and to keep us safe. The CDC and the FDA have continued to the support the safety of this vaccine. CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW THEY FOLLOW SAFETY

Finally, putting the 2 together, is it really necessary?
Let’s review the basics:

Gardasil is a vaccine introduced in May of 2006 to help prevent cervical cancer and genital warts.

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EmpowHER Guest

My name is Sandra and what the doctor is missing here is a better picture of a woman's risk for HPV if they are out of the age range for the vaccine. She does mention that the Pap is good but still there is a chance, about 1 out of 3, that can be false negative. There currently is a HPV TEST that a woman can receive when they go in for their annual exam. My doctor used this test on me and found that I had low grade cervical disease but my Pap test was normal. He gave me a website to view www.thehpvtest.com which explains that the FDA has approved this test for women 30 and over as a better way to screen for cervical disease. So check it out ladies and if you fall into that age range insist that your doctor runs the test. I am currently being monitored more closely and if my doctor never would have run that test who knows what could have potentially happened.

April 24, 2009 - 2:01pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Oh my, that is so good to know. I think there are many of us who assume that if our pap smear comes back normal, then we're fine and have nothing to worry about. Thanks so much, Sandra for this very valuable info!!!

April 24, 2009 - 2:35pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for putting this out there plain as day. Too much bad information exists about Gardasil and why it is needed at such a young age!

In reply to Kristin's comments -

More than 80 percent of all sexually active men and women have or have had HPV during their lifetime. While two thirds of those people will clear the virus on their own, 10 percent of the affected women will go on to develop high-risk HPV and/or cervical cancer. While it is thought that most people clear the disease, it is possible that it could be dormant in your body, waiting for a time when youe immune system isn't so strong, say around the time of menopause or after an long illness.

Because much remains to be studied about HPV, it isn't know if people actually clear the disease, if they have it and develop immunity to it or if it simply is dormant. That is why Gardasil is so important. If you get the vaccine, you are protected against high-risk strains that lead not only to cervical cancer, but anal, penile, head, neck, throat and oral cancers too. Thus, it eliminates the worry if you are one of the people who has it, but it is dormant.

Aagin, thank you Dr. Rouse-Raines for the article. It is always nice to see something factual out there on women's very real lifelong struggles with persistent HPV and cervical cancer.

April 22, 2009 - 5:34pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi, Anon! Would you please disclose who you are? It would be very helpful. Thanks so much!

April 23, 2009 - 12:33pm

I'm a little confused from what I've read about HPV. In your article, you mention that "most women will clear the HPV on their own." And yet I've read in other places on the site that once you have HPV, you will always have it. Could you help clear my confusion on this? Thanks so much! Awesome article, by the way!!

April 22, 2009 - 12:33pm
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