Originally posted by jimmac
Enough that it seems viable. I also know that it's wrong if religious concerns are holding it back ( as the title of this thread suggests ).
Outside of religious concerns what do you know about it?
1. Research appears to have begun around 1999.
2. The first succesful trials were reported in late 2002.
3. The claims are 100% successful (in its first clinical trial).
- Apparently, the study selected for women who showed some sort of robust natural immunity that kept them from expressing the HPV markers.
- The women in this study are only monitored for HPV infection if they show a positive Pap smear. The CDC recognizes that the Pap test produces a wide range of false negative results, the studys foundation - the Pap test - is unreliable enough that the rest of the study is rendered suspect.
- The study used a cancer detection method which is known to be inaccurate, with a rate of false negative test results that ranges from 1 percent to 93 percent.
4. No long-term trials have been conducted.
5. It would (have to) be given to teenage girls.
6. It would only work in females who have not yet become sexually active.
7. The vaccine fights four of the most common (but not all of the more that 100 varieties...30 of which are linked to cervical cancer) strains of HPV, including a strain that causes genital warts.
8. The HPV virus, which is the root of the disease, is transmitted by sexual intercourse and thus the transmission is preventable/avoidable.
9. Infection with HPV usually occurs in the early years of sexual activity but it takes up to twenty years for it to develop into a full blown malignant tumor.
10. Cervical cancer strikes about 13,000 U.S. women each year.
11. Cervical cancer claims the lives of approximately 3,700 women in the U.S. each year...though if caught early, through regular pap smear tests is successfully treatable. If it's detected early, it's very easy to treat and prevent cancer, or prevent death due to cancer.
12. "I would like to see it that if you don't have your HPV vaccine, you can't start high school," said Juan Carlos Felix of the University of Southern California, who leads the National Cervical Cancer Coalition's medical advisory panel.
13. Conservative groups say they welcome the vaccine as an important public health tool but oppose making it mandatory. (contrary to what the title of this thread says)
14. It could possibly be given to men as well.
15. More than 75 percent of women are infected with HPV at some time during their lives but in most cases it only lasts for a short time and produces no symptoms.
That's a decent synopsis.