Gardasil approved for anal cancer
December 22nd, 2010
07:10 PM ET

Gardasil approved for anal cancer

There's a new tool in the fight against anal cancer. Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine approved in 2006 to prevent cervical cancer got the green light Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration for use in preventing anal cancer and other precancerous lesions caused by the virus. HPV is linked to approximately 90 percent of anal cancer.

"Treatment for anal cancer is challenging; the use of Gardasil as a method of prevention is important as it may result in fewer diagnoses and the subsequent surgery, radiation or chemotherapy that individuals need to endure," said Dr. Karen Midthun, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

The vaccine was approved for the same population, people 9 through 26 years of age.

Merck and Co., Inc, Gardasil's manufacturer, tested the vaccine in men who had sex with men because of their high incidence of anal cancer. Merck says Gardasil was 78 percent effective in preventing infection in this population. Because anal cancer is the same disease in men and women, the data was used to support the indication in women too.

"We are pleased that with this new indication for GARDASIL against HPV-related anal cancer and disease, both males and females can be protected against cancer, which further reinforces the importance of vaccinating both genders." said Dr. Richard M. Haupt, M.D., M.P.H., executive director, Merck Research Laboratories.

But not everyone is on board with Gardasil. For years Judicial Watch, an organization that "promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government" has been keeping a close eye on the number of adverse events reported to the FDA by consumers and health care providers who used the vaccine.

"We would recommend that people go to our website, look at all the vaccine adverse events reporting system reports (VAERS)–FDA's own materials–and then make their own decision with their doctor," says Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch Spokesperson.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more then 40 different types that affect the genitals. In 90% of cases the body clears the virus naturally, but certain types, particularly types 6, 11, 16 and 18 can cause various cancers and genital warts.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) says anal cancer is still pretty rare–approximately 5,300 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. The majority of those are women. They say it's a serious disease but treatment is often very effective, and most patients can be cured.

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  1. Joe

    I really don't want to know how the vaccine's administrated, ugh.

    December 22, 2010 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      There is this neat medical device, it's called a hypodermic needle and syringe. It's administered the same way nearly every OTHER immunization would be given.
      Want to bet that prostate cancer will decline in immunized persons?

      December 22, 2010 at 20:53 | Report abuse |
    • HIVMD

      How is it administrated? Probably by some administrator at Merck. How is it ADMINISTERED? Like many vaccines... injection with intramuscular needle.

      December 22, 2010 at 20:53 | Report abuse |
    • fajita

      Joe, you are an idiot. Please, please tell me you aren't going to have children.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:21 | Report abuse |
    • CommonwealthVA

      @fajita–AMEN to that, poor kid. PLUS we'll all be forced to help pay for it with our tax dollars until the kid's at least 18.

      December 22, 2010 at 22:36 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I wonder if there's a vaccination for being an illiterate A hole? That would prevent another type of cancer in the general vicinity.

      December 22, 2010 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
    • TI

      grow up, joe

      December 23, 2010 at 07:16 | Report abuse |
    • TheDoctorIsIn

      Bend over, Joe. This is going to pinch a little.

      December 23, 2010 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • sam

      3 injections in the arm.

      December 23, 2010 at 19:53 | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    What? LOL: and they thought AIDS medication was a problem? Just wait til they give'm this HPV concoction.

    December 22, 2010 at 19:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Greg

    I hate when they disguise advertisements as news. 1) Gardisil DOES NOT PREVENT CANCER as the article says! It is a vaccine against HPV and that is all. If you do the math, for women, you stand almost as likely a chance of dying from the vaccine as you do from it "preventing cancer", but that is so buried in their own statistics that no one questions it. HPV is not cancer. Only a few people who have HPV will develop cancer (cervical). As for the above "article", they DO NOT STATE (as with other treatment advertisements) the basis for their effectiveness claims, Shame on you CNN for advertising for a drug company under the guise of news !!!

    December 22, 2010 at 19:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doc

      Strains of HPV do cause cancer, including cervical cancer, anal cancer and head and neck cancer. So, check your self righteous indignation and learn something about it before telling CNN they ought to be ashamed.

      December 22, 2010 at 20:35 | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      Greg, your post is ridiculous and infuriates me. It is ignorant people like yourself that stops our society from being cervical cancer free! For your information most causes of cervical cancer are caused by the HPV. I pray you read this post and increase your knowlege base regarding cervical cancer and encourage all young women in your life to get this wonderful preventive measure against cancer! know your medicine, and your vaccines, know your pharmacist! –pharmD

      December 22, 2010 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Where are the facts that Gardasil causes deaths? There are tons of bacteria/viruses that cause other things to develop, hpv is a direct link to cervical cancer, pneumococcal disease sometimes leads to deafness, diabetes sometimes leads to losing a limb. You have to see the science, you should not just make stuff up. You have to look at numbers, data. You can't just be emotional about it because you have something against vaccines/business/development/moving ahead/being creative/saving lives. Some people had to cradle and bury the 10 or so dead babies in California this year who have died from pertussis. So what is wrong with TDAP, where is the science against that? Has the rates of autism gone up or down after Thimerasol was taken out of vaccines. How is that possible? I thought Thimerasol caused autism. How come the rates keep going up? What happened to MMR and autism? Do you know the backstory on Dr. Wakefield?

      December 22, 2010 at 20:49 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Go tell Farrah Fawcett about how cancer isn't prevented. Hint, get a shovel, she died of anal cancer.
      It's been WELL ESTABLISHED that certain cancers are virus induced. Cervical and anal cancers top on the list.
      Some breast cancers are suspected to be caused by an unknown virus similar to murine papillomavirus.
      Oops, I made the mistake of confusing the issue with silly little things like facts to someone who is against all vaccinations, claiming they're a big pharma conspiracy.
      Which is why the US has nearly NO polio cases and unvaccinated nations and areas DO have polio epidemics...

      December 22, 2010 at 20:57 | Report abuse |
    • *sigh*

      Just another tool with a "do the math" analogy.

      December 22, 2010 at 22:32 | Report abuse |
    • Shiroferetto

      I suggest you read the CDC's report on the vaccine before making judgements. Deaths attributed to the vaccine? NONE. Thanks for playing. Here's the page: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Vaccines/HPV/gardasil.html

      December 23, 2010 at 01:33 | Report abuse |
    • Cindy D

      Sorry all, Greg is right!

      December 23, 2010 at 08:48 | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Yeah, I'll be really sure to read the CDC's website to get my facts straight. While I'm at it, I will rely only on studies funded by the manufacturers of the vaccine. I am so informed!

      Jimbo, you are all over the map. The higher rates of Pertussis are currently being linked to a more potent form of the bacteria making it's rounds, and killing infants and children who were vaccinated with all of their TDAP boosters, including infants who had none or just some. Plus, having the booster doesn't prevent adults and other children from passing it along to someone who wasn't immunized for it or who was and did not get immunity from it. Most cases of infants dying of whooping cough are in California, Texas and Ohio, but it is prevalent all over the U.S.

      Thimerosal wasn't taken out of all vaccines, it was lowered in some and taken out of others. The study that purportedly shows no links to autism was conducted in Denmark, where the data was inconclusive but shown to be conclusive. The method by which autism was to be reported in that country had changed during the study, so of course a decrease was shown as people were not reporting them immediately following the change. That is not to say that MMR or any vaccine is or is not linked to autism. The studies funded by the CDC conducted in Denmark, Sweden, and a few places in the U.S. always show no link, while the studies done by the Griers (father and son) show that there is a link and the CDC is covering their errors. It is very difficult to say since there are literally 100s of chemicals that affect an infant in utero before it is even born, whether the mother is healthy or not, that come from the environment. It may be a case of whose immune systems can fight all things at once and whose cannot.

      December 23, 2010 at 09:23 | Report abuse |
    • Bill C.

      Valerie: The immune system fights germs, not chemicals. And I don't blame you for not trusting the manufacturer site, but the CDC knows a lot more about vaccines than you ever will.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Bill, the immune system fights anything it does not recognize, including the host's own body at times. And yes, I am sure that the CDC as a collective organization knows more than I ever will in my lifetime (although that could be said for any group of people), but as far as what they publish and the PR they put out I wouldn't doubt that they don't always give full disclosure.

      December 23, 2010 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
    • kmcg

      Gardasil does prevent cancer.

      Valerie – you are correct, the whooping cough outbreak is from a mutation. But it is affecting babies who have not had the vaccine yet.

      Additionally, there is not just one study showing vaccines don't cause autism, there are about 500. From all over the world. NO connection.

      December 23, 2010 at 18:57 | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      kmcg, it is affecting babies who have and haven't had all shots for B. Pertussis. I even hear that there is a shot you can give your baby on its day of birth now.

      As for Gardisil, you can read about all of the basic info on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardasil which can be considered factual as WP vets their info. It may take them up to a month to remove false info, but they do check every change that is made to the site. Gardisil protects against four known types of HPV, all of which contribute to the most cancers (as far as scientists are aware). I have read before on these comments sections for this specific vaccine that the reason they do not currently give it to women 26 and over is because at that point they expect you to have already been exposed to HPV. For an alternate perspective, look up Sanjay Gupta Gardisil Pam Martens.

      December 24, 2010 at 09:22 | Report abuse |
  4. Chak

    Why dont people just not do the things that are risking their health?

    December 22, 2010 at 19:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Because that's too simple of a solution :p. The liberal way is to let everyone do what they want, and then spend billions finding solutions to consequences of those actions.

      December 22, 2010 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
    • LetMyPeopleGo

      Right David, like they do with guns and murder.

      December 22, 2010 at 20:07 | Report abuse |
    • A$$ $ex

      David, are you against capitalism? When there is a need for something, businesses come up with solutions which make profits which create jobs. Are you some kind of communist or sumpin'?

      December 22, 2010 at 20:36 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Let me explain it to you. I'll try to use small words, so you won't be confused.
      Men have a body part that they are very fond of sticking into certain body parts of women and with some men, other men.
      There is this virus thing. One person gets it. Man sticks his body part into that infected person and HE gets infected. Man then goes and sticks that body part into his wife's body part and SHE gets infected. Even funnier is that he doesn't even need to stick it in her anus, as fluids full of these virus things tend to get splashed around and ooze around...
      Now, do you understand the small word version? I'd draw you a picture, but I'm a lousy artist.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:00 | Report abuse |
    • Bill C.

      Because some risks are worth it. Would you say the same thing to someone who felt like going for a drive for fun? That's a little dangerous, too.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:13 | Report abuse |
    • mark

      oh, u should try it, then you would know

      December 23, 2010 at 18:32 | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      To Bill C: Some things are worth the risk?!?! You are perfectly willing for your wife to risk getting anal cancer just so you can enjoy your thrills? Wow. I enjoy those certain things as much as the next guy but I think I prefer to keep my wife healthy. I feel sorry for yours.

      December 23, 2010 at 21:24 | Report abuse |
  5. Darthlawsuit

    Achievement Unlocked: More reasons to open wider 10 G

    December 22, 2010 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sue

    Gardasil is dangerous....please do you research.

    December 22, 2010 at 20:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LeakyFawcett

      You first.

      December 22, 2010 at 20:05 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Oxygen is dangerous. Every person who consumed any level of oxygen over 1% has died.
      Kindly stop using oxygen now.
      Seriously, stupid is dangerous. Do some research.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:01 | Report abuse |
    • jos

      Aunt Sue, is that you? I sooooooooooo agree!

      December 22, 2010 at 21:18 | Report abuse |
    • *sigh*

      So's nicotine and alcohol.

      December 22, 2010 at 22:29 | Report abuse |
  7. LeakyFawcett

    I think Farrah Fawcett died of anal cancer. This could have saved her life.

    December 22, 2010 at 20:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Odette

    Farrah Fawcett died from anal cancer. She could've benefited from this vaccine years ago. Maybe if she had protected anal intercourse she wouldn't have developed anal cancer. Who knows really. RIP, Farrah.

    December 22, 2010 at 20:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Not really, don't forget that body fluids in that region rather spread around that entire region. Procreation is SUCH a messy business, if it wasn't so much fun, we'd abandon it. 😉

      December 22, 2010 at 21:02 | Report abuse |
    • CommonwealthVA

      Odette, do you have concrete evidence to support your statement?

      December 22, 2010 at 22:45 | Report abuse |
    • CommonwealthVA

      "Maybe if she had protected anal intercourse she wouldn't have developed anal cancer. "

      I guess you find one in every group;. Good LORD....

      December 22, 2010 at 22:47 | Report abuse |
    • *sigh*

      It's too bad "protection" wasn't used to prevent your conception.

      December 22, 2010 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
  9. Lady Lawyer

    I second that!! lol

    December 22, 2010 at 20:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. PARROT


    December 22, 2010 at 20:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rock God

      Sweet Jesus, I hope you are joking.

      December 22, 2010 at 20:46 | Report abuse |
    • Um...


      December 22, 2010 at 21:34 | Report abuse |
  11. Wzrd1

    Yeah, after all, cancer is good.
    Farrah would still be alive today, had this been available before she became ill with cancer. It was anal cancer that killed her.

    December 22, 2010 at 20:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Anal Cancer

    Anal cancer is a desease that internet trolls suffer while sitting in front of a computer

    December 22, 2010 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jos

      And yet if we're all honest, myself included, we all probably have diarrhea of the mouth/keyboard.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:17 | Report abuse |
    • CommonwealthVA

      POTD riight there!

      December 22, 2010 at 22:49 | Report abuse |
  13. jos

    Merck, how do you people sleep at night?

    December 22, 2010 at 21:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. jos


    December 22, 2010 at 21:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • taildragon

      What is it with Teabaggers and vaccines? Are you required to completely abandon a scientific approach to medicine if you watch FoxNews? Well, at least I learned Judicial Watch is some Birther wingnut outfit, which I never would have guessed from the name.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:38 | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Darwin may still have the last laugh, here.

      December 22, 2010 at 23:24 | Report abuse |
  15. jos

    drug rep: meet your conscience
    conscience: slay your drug rep

    December 22, 2010 at 21:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Jimboe

    I hope michael vick dies.

    December 22, 2010 at 21:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jos

      I hope michael vick lives.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:11 | Report abuse |
    • jos

      blessings on poor jimboe, too

      December 22, 2010 at 21:14 | Report abuse |
    • Swallow

      Of anal cancer, no doubt.

      December 22, 2010 at 22:21 | Report abuse |
  17. bag juicer


    December 22, 2010 at 21:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jos

      If you're my 12 year old son... off the computer and go clean your room!

      December 22, 2010 at 21:16 | Report abuse |
  18. afefaf

    They'll be giving this out for free in MRE meals in the military now.

    December 22, 2010 at 21:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Good! I don't think our military women deserve cervical cancer, oral cancer, throat cancer nor anal cancer.
      And one can extend that to males with penile, anal cancer, oral cancer or throat cancer.
      Do you think a virus stays in one place? I guess you never had the flu then.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse |
  19. Wzrd1

    There IS a cure for that. Large bore firearms. 😉

    December 22, 2010 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. vonspoo

    GD people can be so stupid. there are people out there who get anal cancers and they DON'T have anal intercourse. it may predispose you on cancer like smoking can predispose you to lung cancer, but it is not the end all and be all of HOW you get cancer. eatting red meat can predispose you to a higher risk of anal cancers as well. this doesn't JUST effect gay men. Viruses are not known for staying in the area they were deposited in. they have a way of moving around via the bloodstream. look at chicken pox. you get it and looong after the "pox" are gone it lives in your spine waiting to give you shingles and possibly blind you depending on which nerve it moves to.

    December 22, 2010 at 21:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. John

    The link for the adverse effects is NOT accurate. Please fix this! People should be able to see both sides of this issue. More importantly, why doesn't CNN report on the adverse events associated with Gardasil instead of only reporting on the positive effects.

    December 22, 2010 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Yeah, some girls given the vaccine FAINTED!
      All other effects were a bit LOW for vaccines in general and ill effects.
      And deaths that occurred in the vaccinated groups were at the same rate as the general population on birth control pills.
      It's AMAZING what one can learn when one DOES seek the facts, Johnny.
      To put not too fine a point on it, it's far safer than oral polio vaccine.

      December 22, 2010 at 21:58 | Report abuse |
  22. Dr. G

    That's Astronomical!!! COSMIC even.
    Gardasil to protect Uranus!

    December 22, 2010 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Wzrd1

    Yes! You are RIGHT! We should just take women who have cervical cancer or cervical warts out back and shoot them!
    Grow a brain. It's BEEN in the works for years. They're also expected to approve it for male cancers.
    I guess you'll blame the gay community for that one too, right? Can't be any OTHER reason, right?
    As 99.9% of instances of infection are hetero in nature, it MUST be gay related.
    Geeze, if people like you put a gun to your head and pulled the trigger, it'd be merely a flesh wound!

    December 22, 2010 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Anon

    The kind of HPV that causes anal warts (and thus sometimes cancer) does not live in the blood stream. It is spread via skin-to-skin contact. Condoms will not prevent this from occurring. This vaccine might be the only preventive measure we have against anal warts that can cause cancer, aside from abstinence.

    December 22, 2010 at 21:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Uh huh. First, condoms CAN prevent its spread. So can keeping little willie in your pants.
      Now, we KNOW such things don't happen in life, so this is a life saver for women and men.
      Or should a woman or man pay the price for their mate's history?
      My favorite aunt died of cervical cancer. She was faithfully married to a merchant marine. Interestingly, even though HPV was a known cause of cervical cancer, her family doctor blamed her family smoking around her as the cause.

      BTW, it only protects against 4 strains of HPV. I suspect they'll eventually come up with a vaccine that will protect against all strains.

      December 22, 2010 at 22:01 | Report abuse |
    • Ituri

      Anon, I'd suggest you know what HPVstrains do before preaching. The strains that usually cause cancer are NOT the same as those that cause warts. Only very rarely do the warts become cancerous.

      CDC website. Look it up. Nobody seems to know the facts on HPV at all...

      December 22, 2010 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
  25. Rick

    Oh don't be so gloom and doom. I'm sure this drug will save your ass.

    December 22, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. tomcat3

    This must be part of the DADT bill!

    December 22, 2010 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Did you know that I was against eugenics before I began reading CNN's message boards?
      Now, I'm for it. Idiots shouldn't be permitted to breed.

      This has been in the works since 2006. It's expected to also be approved for men for protection against penile cancer.
      My aunt died of cervical cancer, which this vaccine can prevent infection of HPV, which causes cervical cancer.
      She was faithful to her merchant marine husband. He, on the other hand...
      Sounds a LOT like DADT, huh?

      December 22, 2010 at 22:04 | Report abuse |
  27. Daws

    So evil ...curing diseases. Skip your meds again?

    December 22, 2010 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. *sigh*

    Either you're taking the p*ss out of us, or you're breathtakingly stupid. Think I'll opt for the latter.

    December 22, 2010 at 22:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. SuperCore

    Merry Christmas more anal six for ALL!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 22:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Xaul Zan

    I didn't realize that anal cancer was such a problem/ killer. What a pain in the ass.

    December 22, 2010 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Richard

    It's about time something was done for that, and prostate cancer, and all the other rapidly increasing cancers that for political reasons DON'T get the kind of funding breast cancer and AIDS gets.

    December 22, 2010 at 22:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. CommonwealthVA

    Dan will you marry me?

    December 22, 2010 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Benjamin

    The gay/bi men need to learn that the anus is an "EXIT ONLY" organ.

    December 22, 2010 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Antigay

      Agree! Damn liberals... Can't wait to take our country back and in full...

      December 22, 2010 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • Speak4Urself

      Some do: they are called "tops". You are obvioiusly a "bottom".

      December 22, 2010 at 23:10 | Report abuse |
    • pamela

      Benjamin ...and the straight men/women? Do you honestly think anal is only practiced by men on men?

      December 22, 2010 at 23:44 | Report abuse |
  34. Harry Butts

    My ass itches. This story just makes me chuckle.

    December 22, 2010 at 22:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Catie

    I thought the vaccine was only possibly effective for 4 out of 100 virus's that lead to cervical/anal cancer. I think I would prefer a vaccine, that is painful and you have to get four times, with a little better track record. But, koodo's for the lobbiest who fought for that earmark

    December 22, 2010 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CE

      the 4 strains it covers are responsible for something like 60 or 70 percent of warts and cancers.

      December 23, 2010 at 04:46 | Report abuse |
  36. *L*

    Drug companies are big business just like anything else, everyone needs to do alot of research and make their own decisions about what you want to do to your body and who you want to trust with it. The amount of unnecessary drugs, vaccines, procedures, I shudder to think.

    December 22, 2010 at 23:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. lisah

    Why are you all so ignorant!

    December 23, 2010 at 00:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Mary

    "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more then 40 different types that affect the genitals." Should be "more than."
    It appears that the editor of these CNN health articles doesn't know the difference between "then" and "than." This is the second article in as many days that incorrectly uses "then" instead of "than." Shouldn't an editor have to know grammar?

    December 23, 2010 at 00:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Morgan

      Thank you! Apparently, proofreading and editing are no longer used by most media outlets. I don't understand how someone can go into journalism these days and not have spelling and grammar drilled into their heads. Maybe I just lucked-out getting the mean English teachers in elementary school; the ones that spent a week explaining the difference between 'then and than,' 'their, they're, and there,' where apostrophes go, how to use a semi-colon, and to never use a word you don't know or are unsure of, such as "refudiate."

      December 23, 2010 at 07:48 | Report abuse |
  39. Captain Jones

    1. Invent Disease no one has ever heard of
    2. Blame Gays
    3. Sell Vacienne made for women
    4. ??????
    5. Profit

    December 23, 2010 at 02:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CE

      I'm sad that your brain doesn't work

      December 23, 2010 at 04:48 | Report abuse |
  40. Morgan

    Spell Check & Grammar please: "...there are more then 40 different types..." Then? Then what?

    December 23, 2010 at 07:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Congre$$Sü¢ks

    When someone is Congress retires, I'll bet they are given several cases of the stuff... just so the a–holes stay on the safe side.

    December 23, 2010 at 07:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Common Sense

    The used to hang people for "buggary" now they give them a HPV vaccine.

    December 23, 2010 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. billy

    were is this administered.lol

    December 23, 2010 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. LR

    the link for the adverse reactions is a bad link... EDITORS?.... EDITORS?..... BUELLER?

    December 23, 2010 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Dr. Ruth

    They are going to rename it 'Gayosil'...

    December 23, 2010 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. bevis

    heh heh, heh heh heh. he said "anal".

    December 23, 2010 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. lipsy

    WOW. Some of you people need to read more or something. We are a society of "let's do what this doctor tells us to do and not read the fine print. Then we'll sue him when we end up getting sick because of our ignorance." Anyway. Most of the side effects for the drug are the same as with every other vaccine. I was actually a patient in the study before the drug was approved. I have also had HPV for approximately 15 years. This is a cruel virus that 1 in 4 people have. Most of the time they don't know it because they have no symptoms at all. Only once in 15 years have I developed any kind of indication of the disease. People need to make informed, responsible decisions. Quit blaming your indecisiveness on everyone else and quit trying to force your opinions on everyone else.

    December 23, 2010 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. notmyrealname

    More crapola from Valerie and her little band of paranoid delusional nuts. Really, your constant yammer about every medical advancement is growing dull. Find another hobby, you crazed doofuses. "Big Pharma" and the CDC aren't "out to get" you or anyone else. Stop with the constant fear-mongering, ya dolts.

    December 23, 2010 at 18:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. kmcg

    Soooo important! The vaccine is available for men! Get it!

    Research being conducted is showing it most likely helps prevent testicular, penile, and throat cancer as well!!

    A vaccine to prevent cancer – amazing and take advantage!!!

    Try to get your kids between 9-12, thats when they handle the viral load best and have the most chance of creating the best antibodies!

    December 23, 2010 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Professor Blumpkin

    Yes! This paves the way to more Ass-To-Mouth with my girlfriends!

    December 24, 2010 at 07:17 | Report abuse | Reply
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