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HPV vaccine for boys
October 27th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

HPV vaccine for boys

Jennifer Shu. M.D., CNNHealth's Living Well expert doctor is a practicing pediatrician and mom of two.

A federal advisory panel has recommended that, along with young females, adolescent boys and young men should get the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, which protects against many strains of a virus that can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, anus, penis, mouth/throat, and more.

As a pediatrician and a mother, I am not surprised by this recommendation. In fact, several parents of my male patients have already requested this vaccine as their sons enter young adulthood.

Here are some reasons why:

  • Parents make medical decisions for their children based on the best information known at the time. Current research shows that the HPV vaccine is both safe and effective. Waiting for a child to reach adulthood and make his own decision may be too late.
  • For maximal protection, the vaccine should be given before an individual exposed to the virus, usually through sexual activity. However,  HPV can be transmitted in the absence of intercourse - such as through close contact with the genital area of another person - and even people with one sexual partner over the course of a lifetime can get infected.
  • It is difficult to test for HPV, and people are often infected without having any symptoms. Both males and females can transmit the HPV virus unknowingly, and parents want to protect their sons as well as their daughters.

Having seen the serious effects that HPV infection can have on an individual, I advise my own patients and family members to receive the vaccine when they are the right age. Parents with questions about HPV infections and vaccines can talk with their child’s pediatrician for more information.


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  1. Jo Mama

    Why doesn't CNN always put an "email" option with these articles?

    It's obnoxious to think people want to recommend them on Facebook, or that we are so self-absorbed to Tweet things, but it is nice to have the option to email family, friends, or even ourself if we want to be able to refer to an article later (back from travel, etc.).

    This inconsistent approach from CNN is truly baffling...any ideas why that is?

    October 27, 2011 at 08:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      If you dont run with the bulls, you'll get trampled and left behind.

      October 27, 2011 at 10:31 | Report abuse |
    • PandoraDoggl

      Copy and pasting a link into an e-mail isn't rocket surgery.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • E

      you need a shortcut to save a couple of keystrokes? What a dumb thing to whine about.

      ctrl+C and ctrl+V are your friends.

      October 27, 2011 at 21:11 | Report abuse |
    • Alexishere

      All you have to do is go to File –> Mail link to this page. OMG, soooooooo hard. Welcome to the internet, dopey.

      October 31, 2011 at 11:20 | Report abuse |
    • Igor

      Living in the circle of caecnr is not the right way.I know if you hear there is a caecnr in your body your mind don't stop think about that.But thinking before you have caecnr is the most terrible thing you can do.Believing in that you can have it is asking for to get it.The best way to prevent all sickness is by not thinking about it!Your body comes healthy on earth and its you and all the poisoned food what makes you sick!You are the one who get your body unhealthy and so it must be you to keep your body in good shape.Not shape from the outside but inside.I helped a lot of people by thinking at a healthy body and maybe it helps also you or for the one you are asking this question.Health is in your hand nobody ells no medicine no doctors no only you!.

      July 1, 2012 at 14:08 | Report abuse |
  2. TG

    What ever happened to addressing the root cause of issues instead of the symptoms? Of course society has gotten too far away from being able to address the root cause of morality overall (Just look at the White House). I suspect the vaccine may make it easier to hide adulterous relationships now.

    October 27, 2011 at 09:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yannakitty

      Are you kidding me??!! Did you not see "cancer"? It is not the governments job to police our morality and it sure is not going to determine what vaccinations I can and cannot give my kids.

      October 27, 2011 at 09:33 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      TG, shouldnt you be off praying for something? Stop preaching people your twisted version of your morality as if it were some great absolute. Your vindictiveness towards the terminally ill is horrific, as though the real reason people want to avoid cervical cancer, is that getting cervical cancer might reveal unfaithfulness, which it wont, by the way.

      This a vaccine against cancer. People like you would rather see their kids die horribly than live as non-virgins.

      October 27, 2011 at 09:39 | Report abuse |
    • TG

      Test. Is this thing broke. CNN I think your posting functionality is messed up.

      October 27, 2011 at 10:29 | Report abuse |
    • TG

      How about spending a little more time on thinking about what the article stated so you might understand the correct context of my comment next time. Or better yet, respond to the article and show us your intelligence. Sx is not a free for all. Responding on other's comments is a true indication of someone who is looking for guidance. So now go ahead and respond to this and tell us all how much you hate me now......blah....blah....blah...

      "individual exposed to the virus, usually through s_xual activity. However, HPV can be transmitted in the absence of intercourse – such as through close contact with the genital area of another person"

      October 27, 2011 at 10:31 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      I understood the cobtext of your comments perfectly kid, and my analysis of your insanity remains sound.

      I dont hate you, I dont know you enough to hate you. I certainly hold you in contempt, as would any rational, sane human being. This is not about your puritanical, zealot, socially isolated opinions on human reproduction. Your sad projections about the fact that you cant get laid is quite irrelevant to the debate.

      This is a vaccine for cancer. If you cant wrap your mind around that, then you need to crawl back under your parent's sink.

      October 27, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
    • TG

      Its a preventive measure for HPV that can lead to a type of cancer. Grow up and put your insults aside. That seems to be the only thing that comes out of your mouth. You must really be one negative person. I feel sorry for you. Read and Learn Something.

      Sxually Transmitted Disease Facts:
      What is genital HPV infection?
      Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sxually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.

      HPV is not the same as herpes or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). These are all viruses that can be passed on during sx, but they cause different symptoms and health problems.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • TG

      Get educated: http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm

      October 27, 2011 at 11:34 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      I call people what they are, its not insults, its honesty. You dont like being called a liar? Then stop lying. Dont blame the messenger.

      As for your list of well known and totally irelevant facts, thanks for nothing I didnt already know. Way to change the subject from your own embarassment though...

      October 27, 2011 at 15:43 | Report abuse |
    • E

      it spreads through kissing, is kissing now immoral?

      October 27, 2011 at 21:13 | Report abuse |
  3. Kashi

    I will not provide this vaccine for my children. It can wait until those who have received it begin to have children of their own. Lets see if any troubles arise then. Meantime, abstinence is the thing to teach your children. Vaccinations are an obsession in this country and while i am all for them, i strongly beleive that they are given indiscriminately and possibly even irresposibly. An underweight and weak infant weighing 5 lbs is given the same dosages and vaccines as a strong and heqlthy 8 pounder. Vaccines have an impact on the immune system and health and development. I dont trust in docs or drug manufacturers AT ALL.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      You may teach your kid abstinence but how do you really plan on enforcing it? Even if your kid does practice abstinence, what is going to stop them from possibly getting it from a partner latter in life? It is not only immoral people who end up with STDs. Every partner has potential risks. Besides, the vaccine does not alter your DNA it just gets your body to produce antibodies. My children when I have them will be just fine.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:17 | Report abuse |
    • toddflanders

      Please continue to try and educate yourself. How can you be "all for" vaccines when you believe they are given irresponsibly??? That makes no sense. Vaccines save lives period.

      October 27, 2011 at 20:14 | Report abuse |
  4. TG

    CNN ............. Stop filtering out the word S_X. We are all adults here. Or at least some of us are!

    October 27, 2011 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. MonteAnnear

    build the wall

    October 27, 2011 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Norm Nelson

    Us baby boomers were little boys once and we were active in high school and college how come this cancer never got us
    funny how these new cancers show up from no where.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • E

      actually you probably helped spread it, men rarely have symptoms. This is not a new disease, but likely 50 years ago they did not realize that the cancers were caused by the virus.

      October 27, 2011 at 21:16 | Report abuse |
  7. Dreamer96

    A new vacine wonderful, maybe.

    I've been told, that in the United States, 26 million doses of Gardasil have been administered, with 1400 serious illnesses registered afterwards, 12 deaths. Even IF you assume all 1400 were caused by gardasil (which is obviously false), that is a serious side effect rate of about 1 in 20,000.

    What bothers me as a parent, and more as a parent of a child with Autism, is this simple argument from the CDC;

    With every new or old vacine, we are trying to prevent a possible outbreak, and save lives, some say definate outbreak and a lot of lives, but they also know a small percent of children will have a bad reaction to the vacine, that is guaranteed, so there are always going to be some children killed, or badly harmed, and others harmed in someway for the rest of their lives by each new vacine... and the CDC is OK with that, instead of coming up with test to see who would react badly, and NOT giving those kids the vacines at all.

    1 out of every 150 kids is getting diagnosed today with Autism Spectrum Disorder, right now and climbing....when compared to the number back in the 1980's when we went from 5 shots for under 2 year olds, and have increased since the 1980's to over 20 now for under 2 year olds. Yes you can argue this is because we are diagnosing more case now, maybe.

    Look at it they way, if our system of testing drugs was as good as CDC and FDA claims, the FDA would never allow a bad drug to be put on the market...and this is proven wrong, again and again, with many new drugs that have been pulled from the markets after people have suffered death, or serious illness from them..SO the system does fail even when scientific studies are done before releasing new drugs...

    One big differrence is lawyers like to bring law suits against Drug companies for a Bad drug, and don't for a bad vacine..interesting..

    I would suggest any one with a child with Austism today to look into treating your child for mercury posioning, using oral dimercaptosucuccinic acid,(DMSA), effective at removing mercury from the body, but has difficulty crossing blood-brain barrier, look for study by DR. James Adams, Ph. D, professor in the Divison of Clinical Science at S.C.N.M.. Conclusion for some children Autism can be safely and effectively reversed to some degree, for some a significant amount..key factor is starting treatments early..

    More importantly look into Alpha Lipoic Acid, (ALA), because, it removes mercury from the brain much better...crosses blood-brain barrior....

    This process can not restory permanetly damaged brain neurons, but the brain neurons are not always permanetly damaged, sometimes just shorted out by the mercury...remove the mercury and the neurons just might work again...this condition is found in stroke patients, with bleeding on the brain, and suffer temperary paralysis maybe from the blood shorting out the brain neurons, as blood retreats, so does paralysis..

    Note: This backing off of paralysis is most noticeable for patients who had a stroke caused by blood bleeding in the brain, not strokes caused by blood clots, which starves the brain of oxygen, and kills brain cells forever.

    Another thing to consider about this information is the fact that one drug, DMSA seems to works well at removing mercury from the body, but not well, (maybe because it's to big a molecule to pass easily through the holes), at passing through the blood-brain barrior, while the other drug, ALA, is good at removing mercury from the brain, (again, maybe a smaller molecule, so it passes easier throught gaps).

    So one thing we have to remember is our body are a chemical process machine, which uses raw material, our food, and breaks that down to chemical building material that the human organs, and glands use to make, and regulate the many needed chemicals in our body, postasium to regulate blood pressure, is just one example, some of these chemicals are needed in the brain itself, for neurons to work right, and for cell replacement ...

    So some mercury in the body could be effecting these glands and organs, while the command, and control of these glands is in the brain, and mercury there effects those command and control messages.....Some Children treated with DMSG show real improvement, because in their cases, maybe, the glands and organs are making the needed chemicals, even for the brain, and some children show real improvement with ALA, because the brain is getting repaired, and neurons not permanately damaged are working again, and maybe ALA for some reason does not work well on all the human organs and glands so those problems are not getting fixed by ALA alone...

    Just something to think about,..and remember no study funded by our government using ALA, to my knowledge, has been done, neither has one been done using both DMSA, and ALA, just trying to figure out the right dosages would require some real research....

    October 27, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Burnz

      What a sea of garbage you just wrote there. Please ignore this idiot. Vaccines have no relation to autism. if your child is autistic, get them to a therapist who can help their speech and behaviour.

      October 27, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      Dreamer, what is wrong with you? You were a pathalogical liar in the previous thread, who then fled like a whining coward every time your lies were destroyed, and reposted them hoping nobody noticed. Now you come to a new thread and repeat the exact same pattern of obtuse lies. Seriously, were you brought up to be this flagrantly and openly fishonest? Is this the kind of values that your parents instilled in you?

      The per capita prevalence of Autism has gone DOWN (marginally) in the last 30 years according to the Autism Society of America. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has not gone up since the 1980s, ASD didnt EXIST in the 1980s you reject. Autism is not ASD, ASD is a MUCH wider ranger of disorders and symptoms. This has all been explained to you, yet you fled like a coward and repeated the lie.

      So, are you teaching your kids to be pathalogical liars as well?

      October 27, 2011 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
    • toddflanders

      Wow.....I hope nobody wastes their time reading this tripe. Not one thing you stated even resembled a fact. Everyone who reads your post will be stupider for having done so. Please stop polluting these boards with your silliness. Don't let anyone take your picture. They're really stealing your soul.

      October 27, 2011 at 20:17 | Report abuse |
  8. jjd

    People learn your facts.

    This is NOT a vaccine for cancer but a vaccine against a common human virus that has the potential to cause cancer in some people.

    Do your homework and stop being led around by keywords and propaganda.

    Of the 100 or so strains of HPV just under 30 can cause cancer. Of these cancerous strains the HPV vaccine is effective against only 4...can you read that 4 (four) as in a lot less than the number of strains that can be cancerous.

    Figure out the odds and you will be able to realize the dangers of the vaccine are actually greater than the potential cancers that may arise, 2 of which are incredibly rare.

    This vaccine has already had over 30,000 adverse reactions reported with a death toll of 38. If you knew anything about the process of drug approval in our country you would realize that once released it is basically an open experiment on the population. Drug companies are not required to seek out information on new cases of adverse reactions, only to accept and respond to them...which means they are not looking for anything that may harm the bottom line.

    Can this vaccine be helpful? Sure, if it were more effective, safer and worked against something that was not so common and less benign than people think.

    Educate yourselves.

    Even Dr. Harper who helped create this vaccine is stating the marketing for an anti-cancer vaccine is wrong, misleading and does not remotely address what the vaccine is used for.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dreamer96

      jjd and five_david
      Good posts, your numbers must be more recent than mine, the public just does not get all the information..And the drug industry and the 34 billion dollars those drug companies are expected in 2012, well they sure don't want to tell the public the other side.

      October 27, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Be careful with your logic. You have to look at the percentage of cervical cancers that this vaccine would protect against. Work with me for a moment: if HPV 16 and 18 cause a very high percentage of all cervical cancers (which they do) and the other strains cause far less (which is also true), then the odds are actually in favor of taking the vaccine. Think of it this way: Let's imagine there are 100 cases of a disease a year, and 10 viruses that cause that disease. If each one caused an equal number of cases, then each would cause 10 cases. Thus vaccinating against any 2 would only stop 20 cases a year. If 2 dominated and each caused 40 cases, then vaccinating against those two alone would lower the disease number by 80. See how that works?

      Please learn to use statistics before making such a fallacious argument.

      October 27, 2011 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • bpatient

      "Of the 100 or so strains of HPV just under 30 can cause cancer. Of these cancerous strains the HPV vaccine is effective against only 4...can you read that 4 (four) as in a lot less than the number of strains that can be cancerous."

      Yes, although the vaccine is specifically designed to protect against those few HPV variants that cause the VAST MAJORITY of HPV-associated cancers.

      October 27, 2011 at 20:16 | Report abuse |
  9. five_david

    The cancer statistic should be provided to the American people so they can make a inform decision base on data.
    The statistic for cervical cancer is 2.4 deaths per 100,000 people.
    That is .0024% chance of dying of cervical cancer.

    October 27, 2011 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jjd

      Good point!

      But...as always people rarely understand numbers. Its easier to understand a television commercial and hyped up media rather than everyday logic.

      October 27, 2011 at 13:30 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      Firstly, the 2.4 deaths per 100,000 people is deceptive, as thats total population. Given that men dont get cervical cancer, that means the death rate among women is double what you posted. Secondly, thats death rate. Thank good cancer treatements for that being low, but getting and surviving cervical cancer is hardly a 'point' against the vaccine. The incidence rate of cervical cancer is 14 per 100,000 women in the US. Suddenly, much much higher than your stats.

      October 27, 2011 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
    • jjd

      Obviously Gaunt you didn't read the article in question and how it relates to boys and young men being marketed to now. As for your numbers, yes total population, no one was disputing that fact so not sure where you are going with that. Your terminology alone show you have no interest in the medical field and as such are not educated in this regard....you don't "catch" cervical cancer, if that were the case the incidence would be much higher than your stated numbers. This is a choice and you obviously would vaccinate against this which is your choice. But, for those who are more educated, this as any new treatment has its pitfalls which are much larger than the unaware public realize....whose numbers you seem to belong to.

      October 27, 2011 at 21:41 | Report abuse |
  10. lee

    I will not allow my kids to get this injection. I truly believe its another way for the pharmacautical companies to make more money. For one this drug has not been on the market long enough for me to see whether or not its safe. Who knows this may be a massive government project as a means to get rid of some of the population. I also agree with the poster above, that if it only cures 4 out of the 30 strains of cancer. I don't see the benefits being as great as the risks. Sorry, we will take our chances.

    October 27, 2011 at 13:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gaunt

      You and the 'poster above' are morons. The 4 strains it prevents represent over 80% of all Cervical cancer cases. That change things a little?

      Fine, dont c=vaccinate your kids. Then when they catch HPV, get genital warts, go sterile, and/or catch cervical cancer, you can stand up and say 'yeah, but the evil big pharma didnt win!'

      October 27, 2011 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
    • toddflanders

      Another moron....drug companies do not make money on a product you take 3 times in your whole life. They make money on lifestyle drugs you take 3 times a day for DECADES. Vaccines are the last vestige of altruism from these companies. Take advantage of these vaccines before nut jobs like yourself drive these companies out of the vaccine business. Then we're all screwed.

      October 27, 2011 at 20:20 | Report abuse |
    • E

      your beliefs are based on ignorance. so why should anyone care what you believe?

      October 27, 2011 at 21:19 | Report abuse |
  11. Samuel

    I don't trust CNN health or the vaccine manufacturers one iota. As mentioned earlier the FDA is a joke and people planning to get this vaccine might want to consider waiting for more information to come out. The American public are big pharma's guinea pigs.

    October 27, 2011 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • toddflanders

      More moronic tales: Drug companies do not profit off vaccines. It is such a small percentage of their business. They make money off lifestyle drugs that people take for decades, not a vaccine you get 2 or 3 times. Do some research a$$wipe

      October 27, 2011 at 20:22 | Report abuse |
    • jjd

      Toddflanders YOU should do research! I suppose they give vaccinations away for free? In terms of business alone that could potentially ruin a firm....profit is the mainstay of drug companies as with any other company. Your argument not only wreaks of misinformation but of a lack of simple understanding of business economics...as well as simple logic.

      Merck (a company I am very familiar with) states that this is a "for profit drug." So unless this term has been changed to mean "free" you again are wrong. Drug companies are marketing this on a statewide level...it has already been speculated that in California alone where this is now a statewide mandate the vaccine progression has enabled Merck to recover from its recent 30% decline in revenues...not sure how that is possible if the vaccine is not making them any money...you fool.

      October 27, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
  12. FreeMan

    People.. Wake up

    This is another push from Big corporatism, and of course the media (which is bought) helps to push. They want to sell vaccines!
    There is NO real proof short term or long that this vaccine will prevent any cancer. There is REAL proof that these vaccines have harmful chemicals that harm and kill. I understand that parents want to look out for their children (very valid!), but don't be mislead and lied to. Big Pharma does not care about your kids, they only care about profit shares. AND they will do anything to achieve that, even discredit any REAL cancer solutions and will spend billions (tax money) around the world to do so. Don't be used through your emotions, choose intelligence!

    October 27, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason

      No proof? We know that these strains of HPV cause cervical cancer. We know that this vaccine prevents this disease. Ipso facto, we know that the vaccine prevents cervical cancer. Where's the lack of proof?

      October 27, 2011 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • FreeMan

      Thanks, We know what HPV is.. Where is YOUR Proof that the vaccine works against HPV? Just because you hear it from the CDC, who gets paid by Merck.
      The vaccines are genetically engineered HPV rDNA which get introduced into the bloodstream via aluminum adjuvant. "aluminum" seriously? This causes cancer! The consequences are very hard to predict. So you go ahead and be the guinea pig and better yet let your kids go first. Even with the smallest percentage that it works, its still not worth getting cancer causing biohazard into your body.

      Ignorance is bliss I guess.

      October 27, 2011 at 16:16 | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Aluminum causes cancer? Wow. I would love to see your peer reviewed research that actually shows that the aluminum in vaccines causes cancer. Please. Or do you just feel it causes cancer? Did you know someone once who told you their kid got cancer from the aluminum?

      The reason we use peer-reviewed research and statistical methods is so that we don't get fooled by anecdotes. So show me the EVIDENCE that aluminum in vaccines causes cancer. Or explain a mechanism by which it would do so. Please, just back up ANYTHING you say with science as opposed to just shouting idiocy that you have no real evidence for.

      October 27, 2011 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
    • FreeMan

      First off, no one is shouting.. Its no suprise that you never heard of heavy metal toxicity causing cancer. You expect me do your homework? lmao. No needs to prove anything to someone like yourself. YOU need to go and do some research of your own. Talk smack all you want and believe what ever you hear buddy. You are only fooling yourself.

      October 27, 2011 at 18:00 | Report abuse |
    • toddflanders

      Hey freeman...I think your tinfoil hat needs adjusting. More silly conspiracy theories from another loon. Please crawl back under a rock with the other conspiracy nuts and let the grown ups talk.

      October 27, 2011 at 20:24 | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      I love it when you confront people and demand proof and their only response is "I don't have to prove it. Go look for yourself. No, I don't know where to look." Classic stupid. Religious people have been using this line for thousands of years.

      October 27, 2011 at 23:25 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      You are an idiot. yes, heavy metal toxicity can cause cancer.

      That is a VAST leap from your original claim that 'aluminum causes cancer'. I suspect you are not clever enough to know that.

      You fail Freeman, go away.

      October 28, 2011 at 05:04 | Report abuse |
  13. SL

    Thank goodness! Finally a cancer vaccine!

    October 27, 2011 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jjd

      It is NOT a cancer vaccine!

      Read up on it! It is a vaccine against a virus not cancer. Even one of the creators of the vaccine states such!

      October 27, 2011 at 21:24 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      Semantically correct: It is a vaccine against a virus that causes Cancer. As well as a number of other painful and/or debilitating illnesses.

      So even better.

      October 28, 2011 at 05:02 | Report abuse |
  14. Infected

    Thanks for posting this doc. Hopefully some families will wisen up and protect their children.

    As an adult I now have HPV due to a cheating ex. I wish this vaccine had been available in my youth but it was not. If it had been I would not have HPV today.

    October 27, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. jjd

    Jason
    I would love to see where you get your information from. I have worked as an immunologist, am a physician and have been in the bio-med field since I could work. The vaccine is in fact being marketed to men and women so your numbers are inconsistent with such facts. Also you remark that drug companies do not make money on something you take 3 times....so you mean to tell me that this fast tracked drug that is now being marketed not on the patient level but on the state and federal levels isn't going to make money? Wise up, learn the facts and learn to do more research on how drugs are sold in this country my friend. The drug companies do and will make money off of this. Are they giving it away for free? At over a hundred dollars per injection they are recouping their initial R&D expenses, marketing expenses and making plenty of money.

    And for those who are spouting off numbers as though you know how to interpret clinical data,.....the PAP has been shown to be a more effective means of catching and treating cervical cancer over this vaccine....so says the NJOM which is peer reviewed!

    October 27, 2011 at 21:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maya

      Yeah, right. Immunologists have better things to do than comment on CNN health stories online. I would at least hope that they know the correct use of an ellipsis.

      October 27, 2011 at 23:29 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      Firstly, please stop pretending you have any medical education whatsoever, it is so patently obvious when kids like you pretend learning they do not have, its embarassing to the human race.

      Secondly, I love the mindless illogic of the nutjob adolescent conspiracy theorist. "It makes a profit, therefore it will kill you." Serioously, the only evidence you seem to have for your mass planetary conspiracy theory is that The drug company is a for-profit indutry.

      Hey, you know how you make a profit? Have people buy your drug all over the world in enormous dioses for ever. You know how you do that? make a drug that doesnt kill people.

      "You know nobody gets mail? The Mail company just shreds everyones letters as soon as they get them. You know how I know that? Cause mail companies make a PROFIT! I dont care that there is no evidence for my claim, or that studies have proven me wrong, or that people actually seem to get mail, the mail company makes a PROFIT, and so that instantly makes my mental-case nutjob insane conspiracy theory right!"

      October 28, 2011 at 04:19 | Report abuse |
  16. jjd

    Freeman,
    I hear you on this issue.

    and Jason and ToddFlanders heavy metal toxicity does in fact cause cancer to all those who stated otherwise....which go to show your ignorance in terms of medical knowledge..or how to simply use the internet to do something other than spread misinformation on issues you know nothing about.

    October 27, 2011 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gaunt

      Nothing more entertaining than watching some kid pretending to have medical education (or even a high school education) make a fool of himself in public.

      Yes, heavy metal toxicity can cause cancer. You are correct. Howver, heavy metal toxicity is caused by excessive amounts of certain kinds of heavy metals. Other kinds of heavy metals, like Iron, Cobalt and Zinc, are actually ESSENTIAL to the human body. Anyone old enough to take grade 9 biology would know that.

      It gets worse for you. Aluminum adjuvant is not a heavy metal at all. It is an aluminum salt, known as an adjuvant, used for years to BOOST immune response. It is entirely and completely healthy, and in fact beneficial. Anyone who studied high school biology would know that.

      An immunologist and doctor, as you laughably claimed to be, would certainly know that.

      Yet you dont. Gee, how humiliating for you.

      Next time you post, do everyone a favour and stop lying like a cheap rug.

      October 28, 2011 at 04:28 | Report abuse |
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