Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Cancer vs. Sex

Human papillomavirus (HPV) kills 4,000 women a year in the US. In fact, 93% of the women who develop cervical cancer have HPV, leading some researchers to suggest a link. So you'd think that a HPV vaccine would be universally welcomed.

Think again.

The Family Research Council promises to fight any attempt to put an HPV vaccine on the market. HPV is sexually transmitted and the Council uses fear of HPV as a marketing tool to push their abstinence programs. HPV isn't blocked by condoms. As long as it's out there, it provides an argument that using condoms doesn't really mean safe sex.

Two drug makers -- Merck and GlaxoSmithKline -- are moving forward with tests on HPV vaccines.

Radar magazine quotes FRC policy analyst Bridget Maher: “Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a license to engage in premarital sex.” (New Scientist)

1 comment:

JoeyLibJr said...

It's another prime example of the sacred vs. the secular.

In this country you ahve teens getting denied the right to have an abortion because the doctor doesn't think that their able to amke the decisions on their own. Add to taht, pharmacists, who arent' real doctors anyways, getting involed in the fray also.

Not to mention the AIDS virus and the fact aht any major leap made towards a cure is quickly diverted by huge corporations who pay the researchers and scientists to develop a treatment based on their work, instead of continuing researching a cure, they're disctracted to developing a treatment, as is the case with all potential cures for all potential diseases.

Chris Rock said it best,"they're stil pissed off at all the momney the lost on polio."