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Baltimore Sun publishes hack job letter on HPV vaccine. I dismantle it claim by claim.

The Baltimore Sun just published a letter on the HPV vaccine that one would generously describe as being full of twisted half-truths and setting a new low bar for submissions. The piece, written by William Reichel and Emily Tarsell and entitled The HPV vaccine is neither safe nor effective, is apparently a response to a … Continue reading

The HPV vaccine: new study suggests 1 dose might be enough

A new paper in the journal Lancet Oncology evaluates outcomes after vaccination with Cervarix, which is the HPV vaccine that is effective against the 2 most oncogenic (cancer-causing) strains – HPV 16 and 18. The paper is actually a compilation of results from two studies of Cervarix among women ages 15-25 and now has four years … Continue reading

HPV vaccine over age 26 – is it worth it?

Currently the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines are approved in the United States up to the age of 26. This has nothing to do with safety but due to the fact that the studies submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involved this age range. The HPV vaccines were primarily studied in women aged … Continue reading

The HPV vaccine protects African American and white women equally from cancer

The Internet, or parts of it, claims the HPV vaccine is ineffective or less effective for African American women than for white women. This idea appears to have originated with Bustle and their take on a study that looked at HPV types in women undergoing testing of pre-cancers of the cervix. Drawing conclusions about the … Continue reading

The importance of the HPV vaccine in one graphic. Really.

Here are the percentage of cancers (by site and sex) due to HPV 16/18 and 31/33/45/52/58 The older HPV vaccine covers HPV 16/18. The new 9 valent HPV vaccine protects against 16/18 as well as 31/33/45/52/58. The vaccines are highly effective and have already begun to reduce pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix. Current data indicates … Continue reading

Autopsy of Toronto Star HPV article and the real dark side of Gardasil they missed

Today the publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, wrote that the article “A wonder drug’s dark side” will be removed from the online site. This is 15 days after it was originally published. It obviously still lives on in print and in screen shots, but now at least no anti-vaccine groups will be … Continue reading

What if the HPV vaccine only lasts for 10 years?

Once of the concerns tossed around by critics of the HPV vaccine is the fear that it might only delay HPV infections. This was brought up by Dr. Harper on the infamous Katie Couric HPV episode, it’s also not an infrequent comment left on my blog, and of course it’s bandied about by a variety … Continue reading

Toronto Star claims HPV vaccine unsafe. Science says the Toronto Star is wrong.

When I was 22 weeks pregnant with triplets I had a craving for a Jamba Juice. So I had one. Three days later I ruptured my membranes and my son Aidan was born and died. During the hospitalization that followed I had a craving for another Jamba Juice and my then husband stalled and delayed … Continue reading

The real HPV controversy from Katie Couric’s show, her expert

Part of Katie Couric’s “controversy” on her show about the HPV vaccine was the claim by her expert, Dr. Diane Harper, that the vaccine only lasts for 5 years. I mean, why promote a 5 year vaccine to adolescent girls that will wear off and leave them at risk during their 20s? The problem with … Continue reading

Impact of Katie Couric’s misinformation on HPV vaccine in one image

After viewing Katie Couric’s show an acquaintance’s mother sent her this e-mail. Because many people believe the health information they see on TV, especially when it comes form a source like Couric who has been known, until this point anyway, as a trusted journalist.   Kate’s Couric’s “take” was about as scientific as a show entitled, … Continue reading

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