Is The HPV/Cervical Cancer Link A Hoax To Sell The HPV Vaccine?

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News Target seems to think so. Now, I take most things I read on the internet with a grain of salt, but I (as did my wife) thought this new push to have women “get vaccinated” against cervical cancer to be a bit much to swallow – and we might have been right in our thinking. So just what has News Target uncovered in a new report?

– A company that manufacturers a DNA testing device that can detect the presence of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is petitioning the FDA (and suing the FDA) to get it to reclassify its medical device as a “Class II” device based on the revelation that the FDA has already adopted the position that HPV infections do not directly cause cervical cancer.

– This would mean that the FDA has been aware for years that HPV does not cause cervical cancer, which means that the FDA’s approval of the Gardasil vaccine — as well as the national push for Gardasil vaccinations — is based on a grand medical hoax that, not surprisingly, appears to be designed to exploit the fear of cancer to sell vaccines. The victims in all this, of course, are the young girls who are apparently being subjected to a medically useless (and potentially dangerous) vaccine.

-None of this information was apparently known during the more recent debates over the safety and efficacy of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine now in use. This means that the public debate over mandatory HPV vaccinations lacked key elements that now seem essential to reaching rational, evidence-based conclusions over the safety and efficacy of such vaccines.

In fact, on the FDA’s own website, it says “most infections (by HPV) are short-lived and not associated with cervical cancer” – so why exactly is the government and pharmaceutical companies pushing young women to get vaccinated? If you are a young woman yourself or you have young children who are approaching the age that this will be pushed upon them, you might want to check out this report. Like I said, I usually take things I read very lightly until I can do background research to verify it, but these guys seem to have done their homework and even have documents from the FDA proving their point. You can read the entire report over at The Great HPV Vaccine Hoax Revealed.

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  1. My understanding is that most HPV infections do not cause cervical cancer. Which is just as well, because about 80% of the population (or some other figure of that order) have one or other strain of HPV.

    Unfortunately it’s also my understanding that approximately all cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV.

    Reducing the number of cases of cervical cancer by vaccinating teenage girls is likely to be cost-effective as determined by the UK body NICE that decides whether such things should be government funded over here.

  2. Ok, here are the facts – something this NewsTarget article fails to give you.

    95% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV. However, the majority of HPV infections do not cause cancer and are self-limiting. Recurring infections increase your risk of cervical cancer.
    Many women never experience symptoms, or they experience transitory symptoms as your body tries to clear the virus. You can still transmit the virus even if you don’t know you have it.

    70% of cervical cancers are caused by two specific strains of the HPV virus. Gardasil protects against both those strains.

    Cervical is the 7th leading cause of death of women around the world.

    Generally speaking, a preventative vaccine doesn’t tend to treat a condition you already have – it *prevents* it.

    This article has a bit of faulty of logic. Just because most HPV infections don’t cause cervical cancer doesn’t mean there is no association. It just means that if you get an HPV infection, you aren’t necessarily going to progress to cancerous lesions. But you MIGHT, which is why screening and treatment is key.

    Second, the article says women who have the strains of the virus used in Gardasil experience a higher risk of accelerated growth of precancerous lesions. But wait, didn’t the article just say that HPV doesn’t cause cancer?!
    The truth? We don’t know. CDC says that even if a young woman has one strain, she is unlikely to have all 4, and the vaccine protects against the ones she doesn’t have. Data is inconclusive regarding the promotion of precancerous lesions.

    As for all health authorities being pro-vaccination – well duh. It saves lives! Of course we’re pro-vaccine. 100 years ago, your child stood a 25-50% chance of contracting smallpox (a HORRIBLE way to die). With immunization, we’ve eliminated it all together. Does public health not mean anything to anyone anymore?

    And the “medical evidence” that says vaccines are unsafe? Ridiculous (and I am an epidemiologist). There are specific populations that should strongly consider the pros and cons of vaccines (both of which are well known, I’m not talking about this autism nonsense). But those populations are small and specific. Because vaccines impart herd immunity, those populations can still receive secondary protection. It is for this reason that we mandate vaccines – to protect those who can’t be protected so readily.

    The bottom line – it is too early to push for mandatory vaccination for this. But for those choosing to vaccinate, the fear-mongering is simply noise that confuses the issue. Discuss the issue with your doctor. Get an HPV test (though it won’t tell you what strain you have). Get the truth on risks and benefits. And then decide.

  3. I am anti-vaccine for stuff that is not needed, and this is NOT needed by any woman. Period. Sure, you might want to be vaccinated against the plague if there was one, but there is a definite cause/effect relationship. No one I know even gets a flu shot! This vaccine seems to be used on a “well, there could be a relationship of some sort, but nothing direct” basis, which is not enough for me to have every child go out and get it.

    And even though you are a doctor, you are just one of tens of thousands, all of whom have different ideas on this. Believe me, a doctor who is 60 years old is going to have a different opinion on how to treat something than a doctor who is 35 or so. The “old” way is not necessarily the “good” way. For us, our kids will not be vaccinated when it comes time for it, as many of our friends have decided to do with their kids as well.

  4. These “facts” are a matter of opinion – not medical necessity. There are doctors on both sides of this aisle. I don’t think it is irresponsible to ask people to think twice before jumping on any bandwagon that the pharmaceutical companies push on us – if people want to get it, have at it. But don’t ever accept anything a drug company tells you at face value.

  5. David, you are certainly entitled to your opinion — and to say whatever you want on your blog. But it’s a shame (and verging on irresponsible, I think) that you’d publish a post so lacking in factual understanding. You don’t have to get your kids vaccinated, but if you’re going to argue against this vaccination altogether then tell the whole story and make a reasoned argument. Thanks to the other commenters for posting the facts.

  6. I am not a doctor, I am an epidemiologist. I don’t have opinions, I have population-based empirical research. I couldn’t care less what any doctor OR drug company has to say about any health issue. I want to see what the research and the statistics say. And the evidence shows that the benefits outweigh the risks for just about every vaccination program out there.
    I am the last to support Big Pharma or the medical-industrial complex, but I am the first to support life-saving public health measures.

    There is a direct relationship between 2 of the types of HPV that Gardasil protects against, and 70% of cervical cancer cases. Cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in women worldwide. Cancer care is unaffordable (and nonexistent) for women in the developing world (so is basic gyn care, for that matter). A vaccine is relatively cheap and effective in comparison.

    I am very frustrated to see posts like these. Cervical cancer disproportionately kills the poor and disadvantaged, the same populations that often lack health education. Posts like these only reinforce misperceptions and make it harder for us to reach these groups. And more of them die every year because of it.

    I am 100% behind most of your posts. But not this one, sorry.

  7. You are of course entitled to your opinion as is everyone. But like I said in my reference about the article that someone else wrote (which some are forgetting), everyone should make their own decisions about any medical procedure – and this requires research and the asking of many questions for anything that someone wants to give or do to you.

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