Increase in oral cancers linked to HPV
October 3rd, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Increase in oral cancers linked to HPV

The human papillomavirus is contributing to the growing number of  head and neck cancers in the United States, according to a new study Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The study found that the number of cases of oropharyngeal cancer - cancers of the tonsil, back of the mouth (throat) and base of the tongue - has been on the rise since the mid-1980s.  The study suggests that one reason could an increase in the number of people having oral sex resulting in oral human papillomavirus  exposure.

Researchers say these cancers fall into two categories–those caused by tobacco and alcohol and those caused by the sexually transmitted virus, HPV. They now believe approximately 70% of all oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV infection.

"We used to think of oropharyngeal cancer as one cancer," said senior author Dr. Maura Gillison, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus. "Now we know the disease is comprised of two biologically and epidemiologically distinct cancers. This new understanding will increasingly enable us to improve and better personalize care for patients with each form of the disease."

Researchers tested cancer tissue samples from almost 6,000 patients in Hawaii, Iowa and Los Angeles between 1984 and 2004. They found the HPV-positive cancers increased 225% while HPV-negative oropharynx cancers dropped 50%–most likely because of a reduction in smoking and tobacco use. Even so, patients with HPV-positive cancers live longer.

"Patients with HPV positive cancers have better survival rates," said principal investigator Dr. Anil Chaturvedi of the National Cancer Institute. "The precise reasons for the survival benefits are not clear, but tumors in HPV-positive patients tend to have less genetic damage. Because of that, they are more responsive to cancer therapies like radiation treatment."

"The HPV status of a patient's tumor is the single greatest determinant of whether a person lives or dies after a diagnosis of local-regionally advanced oropharynx cancer," Gillison said. "HPV-positive patients have an approximate 60% reduction in risk of death after their diagnosis when compared to HPV-negative patients."

Gillison says about 95% of the HPV-positive oropharynx cancers were caused by HPV16, a strain targeted by Gardasil and Cervarix, the two vaccines currently on the market to prevent cervical cancer. Gardasil is manufactured by Merck & Co. and Cervarix is made by GlaxoSmithKline.

Gardasil was approved in 2006 for use in females  ages 9-26 to help prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. It was approved in 2009 for  males9-26 to reduce the risk of genital warts. It has not been recommended for use in preventing HPV-associated cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. Cervarix was approved in 2009 for use in females 10-25. It is not approved for males.

The findings are important because the increase in these cancers has been relatively rapid compared with other HPV associated cancers like cervical cancer, Chaturvedi says. With cervical cancer, incidence rates have declined over time because of screening, but currently there is no screening in place for oropharyngeal cancers.

"Should the observed declines in cervical cancer and the observed increases in HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers continue into the future," Chaturvedi said.  "HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers will be the leading HPV associated cancers over the next decade–by around 2020."

There were almost 35,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers this year, according to the American Cancer Society. While about 7,000 Americans will die this year, death rates associated with these cancers has actually been declining over the last 30 plus years.

"The burden of invasive HPV-caused cancers will shift from women to men in the US, largely due to the rise of HPV-positive oropharynx cancers among men," Gillison said. "HPV infection and its consequences have long been considered a women's problem, and women will continue to bear the brunt of the morbidity associated with the infection. However, gender equity is being achieved with regard to the burden of HPV-caused cancers. HPV infection is therefore a problem for both men and women."

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  1. Pam Kingford

    Its 2011 and there is still no HPV test for men–thats an outrage.

    October 3, 2011 at 21:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    How amusing that the morons who dismiss this article as simply a push for big pharma have yet to produce anything resembling evidence for their point of view.

    Kath, Mark, and the rest of you can suck it.

    October 3, 2011 at 21:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Pam Kingford

    The pharmaceutical company "Digene" makes the HPV Test for Women: Send a quick email to Digene and DEMAND THAT THEY CREATE AN HPV TEST FOR MEN, AND GIVE NO MORE EXCUSES FOR NOT CREATING AN HPV TEST FOR MEN.
    EMAIL DR HELMUT HILBERT AT: bd@qiagen.com

    October 3, 2011 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Really???

    There are 31,000 cancers per year caused by HPV. In three years that is 93,000 cancers. By age forty that is 930,000 cases of cancer & by the age seventy 1,860,000 people will get a HPV caused cancer. Since rates of infection are rising that means there will likely be over TWO MILLION HPV CANCER CASES by the end of these kid's lifetimes. Preventable by the HPV vaccine. Your daughters ...Your sons. Choose.

    October 3, 2011 at 22:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Really???

      By the way my figures are Only for the US. I obtained them from the CDC, so they are pretty reputable.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:37 | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    LOL CNN and the Vaccine makers – CNN spins the story and gets paid by the huge corporation selling the stuff. How else is anything sold in the U.S. CNN has no Shame.. How many people die of food poisoning every year, allot more then people with this cancer. Go get you needle dummies.

    October 3, 2011 at 22:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yah, right. I'll take it on face value that some idiot who thinks "allot" is the same as "a lot" has anything of value to say.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:42 | Report abuse |
  6. Facts

    Between 3000 and 49,000 people die each year in the US of the Flu, yet there is no vaccine for that yet. So yeah, 7000 people that will die this year of these type of cancers is a lot, but please put it into perspective. Here's where the info came from, in the CDC's own words. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm

    October 3, 2011 at 23:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. The Pope

    OMG, you mean I have to put a condom on my tongue??????????????

    October 3, 2011 at 23:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. wisdom4u2

    Oh please!! Here we go again with the freaking scare tactics! Just because some of the parents of young girls were smart enough NOT to buy into the bogus claims a few years back, concerning the HPV (which came really close to mandating that all young girls receive the vaccine), I guess now the big ‘Pharmaceutical Companies’ got together and conjured up this crap! I know Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline have suffered financially, probably due to law suits, but I’m not buying into this BS. Who’s to say what the young girls would be actually receiving? Remember the Tuskegee Experiment?

    October 3, 2011 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. wisdom4u2

    BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES are totally against holistic healing, vitamins and herbs…etc. Their main goal is to make as much money as fast as they can before they get sued for all the harm they’ve caused. And lets not forget the cut your doctor gets for promoting and advertising their stinking poison!

    October 3, 2011 at 23:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TinfoilHat

      So which herbal snake oil MLM do YOU work for?

      October 4, 2011 at 02:16 | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Doctors do not get cuts from pharmaceutical companies. I know this because I'm a doctor.

      October 4, 2011 at 07:18 | Report abuse |
    • Barry G.

      Doctors begin getting perks and favors from the pharmaceutical companies, while they're still in school.

      The pharmaceutical reps will buy them meals, whenever they want, buy their books, etc..

      In other words our politicians are not the only ones who have allowed themselves to be corrupted by money and greed.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:52 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go ahead and cite your proof that this occurs.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:15 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's OTHER Son

      Shut up Tom

      October 4, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When you run the forum, you can tell others what to do. Until then, bugger off.

      October 4, 2011 at 18:45 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Cite proof that this occurs frequently.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:57 | Report abuse |
    • Joyce

      A lot of times the medical school will ban their students from eating any of the pharmceutical luncheons provided. I know that UNC chapel hill medical school does not allow their students to take anything for pharmaceutical reps and if the students are caught then it is considered a violation of their trust agreement

      October 6, 2011 at 21:53 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Trust me...I play a doctor on TV. 🙂

      October 13, 2011 at 16:20 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Who's paying you to promote your snake oil?

      October 4, 2011 at 10:14 | Report abuse |
    • Sabrina

      I'd like to see you treat herpes with herbs.

      Pharmaceuticals are a big business because they work. If your voodoo magic worked as well as research backed science it would be a big business with doctor kick backs as well.

      Sorry the American education system failed you.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, you wouldn't be irritated because they're cutting into YOUR profits, would you, wizzer?

      You and the rest of the whack-baskets deserve what you get.

      October 4, 2011 at 20:50 | Report abuse |
  10. wisdom4u2

    Well, BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES are totally against holistic healing, vitamins and herbs…etc. Their main goal is to make as much money as fast as they can before they get sued for all the harm they’ve caused. And lets not forget the cut your doctor gets for promoting and advertising their stinking poison!

    October 3, 2011 at 23:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PhilG.

      Well said and totally true.

      October 3, 2011 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your name doesn't suit you at all. You aren't wise. You're not smart. And you are crazy.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:23 | Report abuse |
  11. agonyflips

    My grandmother died of cervical cancer in 1960 before I was born. I watched my mother all my life do her part for the cancer society.
    I wish I'd had the chance to meet my grandmother, & with this vaccine there is a chance for many others to live to see their grandchildren, whereas before, like me, they would not.
    Vaccines help prevent many diseases and even eliminated small pox. It's been so unfortunate the vaccine scares especially the later proven false paper with falsified data linking Vaccines to Autism which might have made so many to be so worried about taking them.

    Anyway, has anyone here heard of, or seen someone die from tetanus. It's still a major cause of death in many developing countries and it has to be on one of the most horrible ways to die. It's prevented by a vaccine and a 10 year booster shot. I've never heard of anyone refusing getting a tetanus vaccine.

    So, from a parent of an autistic child myself, please always make sure your children get their vaccines–You kids dying from a preventative illness is not acceptable.

    October 3, 2011 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Tom, Tom The Virus

    Isn't Tom, Tom the piper's Son an idiot? I feel bad for the piper.

    October 3, 2011 at 23:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RBarnett

      So lets's have a bit if full disclosure, of the authors (not mentioned here)

      Brenda Hernandez is a paid consultant for Merck
      Maura Gillison is a paid consultant for Merck and GlaxoSmithKline
      They both also receive research funding from Merck
      Hernandez also receives an honoraria.

      Considering Gillison is extensive quoted in the article, and Merck and GSK are manufacturers
      of the vaccines, that funding point may have been mentioning?

      October 4, 2011 at 00:12 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Poor baby. You must still be smarting from being exposed as having no facts to back up your claims. Hope your swelling goes down soon.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
  13. Bucktooth

    Do your research! The deaths from this vaccine are overwhelming! Gardasil is scary and experimental! Question is why are they worried about cervical cancer @nine years old? Age related cervical cancer is much later. What about using protection to prevent?
    people aren't protecting themselves!

    October 4, 2011 at 00:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Then you should be able to cite your source of information. What is it? How do the risks of getting the vaccine outweigh the benefits? What number is "overwhelming"? What percentage does "overwhelming" comprise?

      October 4, 2011 at 09:18 | Report abuse |
    • Sabrina

      Yes please cite.

      I received the shots myself. All my female family members as well. And yet, here I am typing this.

      Ask your parents or grandparents about how every summer they were scared to let their children go out for fear of contracting polio. Ask them about sitting by the radio waiting to hear if Dr. Salk's vaccine was successful. Ask them about everyone cheering when they found out it was a success. Vaccines are not the enemy. Ignorance is.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:08 | Report abuse |
  14. wisdom4u2

    I’ll just say this in closing; People have been licking and lapping on each other since the discover of human genitals, and we’re still here. So, if there really is a HPV16 strain that only Gardasil and Cervarix can target, it’s only because it is a ‘manmade’ freaking virus, created for the purpose of generating mo money for the pharmaceutical companies. Does HIV ring any bells??

    October 4, 2011 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tayoune

      Yes : you're a paranoid

      October 4, 2011 at 01:03 | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      How true. I do not want this vaccine, nor would I want it for any child of mine.

      October 4, 2011 at 01:05 | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Does Smallpox ring any bells? It, too, was deadly, then a vaccine was discovered. At the time, nobody suspected a conspiracy that smallpox was created for the benefit of a pharmaceutical company, but maybe now we should rethink that...

      Seriously, though: the reason HPV-16 has a vaccine is two-fold - it is one of the strains most prone to causing cancer, and it was one of the easiest to develop a vaccine for.

      People have been dying of cancer for centuries, but until quite recently genetic testing of tumors was not only impossible, it was unimaginable. We now have technology able to identify the primary trigger mechanism for a cancer - at least in several cases. The fact that we now know oral cancer comes from HPV is simply because we have the technology available, and we have studied it enough. That is new science, not old conspiracy.

      October 4, 2011 at 01:28 | Report abuse |
    • wisdom4u2

      Good, then you and the pharmaceutical companies should be the first to inject yourselves with it on live national televised media. Then, after five years and you guys are still alive and unharmed, maybe we'll consider it. Fair enough?

      October 4, 2011 at 01:37 | Report abuse |
    • tayoune

      As a fact I am a nurse working in a hospital, saw first hand the benefits of medication .
      you are really paranoid , there are some good medications for you.

      October 4, 2011 at 01:49 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      @tayoune: "Paranoid" isn't a noun.

      October 4, 2011 at 02:09 | Report abuse |
    • TinfoilHat

      Yeah, must be manufactured because its not like diseases mutate. Oh wait...

      The reason why diseases are mutating so much faster these days is because we live in greater population densities now. It doesn't help that our environment is full of so many chemicals with mutagenic properties thanks to poor environmental standards.

      Its actually expensive to tailor diseases, and most vaccines aren't that expensive relative to treatment drugs. The pharma companies would make more money spreading the disease and marketing treatments INSTEAD of vaccines. SO yes, you are paranoid and not thinking it through.

      October 4, 2011 at 02:13 | Report abuse |
    • wisdom4u2

      Not at all paranoid, I know what I'm talking about.
      How old are you gullible fools, 20?
      Grow a brain and learn.
      I stand by what I’ve said!
      I was within hearing distance when I overheard a cancer specialist announce to his coworker ‘She has really good insurance, so lets aggressively treat this cancer.”
      They were talking about my sister who eventually lost the battle after 18 months.
      Three stinking pills for $700.00, and that was with insurance.

      October 4, 2011 at 02:27 | Report abuse |
    • Mosin Nagant

      Most types of cancer have been linked to a vitamin deficiency. Most Americans eat a vitamin deficient diet today. That is why cancer rates have more than trippled. I t doesn't take rocket science to figure that out. Make your kids eat healthy instead of shooting them up with dangerous and sometimes deadly vaccines.

      October 4, 2011 at 02:39 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      How is that paranoid? Why have all these diseases suddenly appear? Follow the money, wisdom is probably correct. Its fine with me if people want to jar their immune system with a toxic vaccine which has caused around 20,000 serious reactions and almost 200 deaths. I made it 35 years so far with no STDs, and am happily married. I'd rather have my kids be safe than forcibly injected with a for-profit, rushed-to-market vaccine.

      October 4, 2011 at 03:58 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      The vaccine would be a reasonable consideration if it showed at least some efficacy in preventing cancer. So far, it has not. The comment about most cancers being linked to vitamin deficiencies is absolutely true. Honestly, if you're bothering with vaccines but not eating a healthy, natural diet, you're an idiot.

      October 4, 2011 at 04:02 | Report abuse |
    • Festered

      You have a moral obligation to publish your findings. You will, of course, be rewarded with recognition and appreciation expressed internationally through various medical associations and you should anticipate opportunities for substantial monetary compensation with book signings, movie rights, TV appearances and generous job offers. Do it for us and do it for yourself.

      October 4, 2011 at 06:17 | Report abuse |
    • Sheri, former RN

      IT is ALL about selling vaccine. You are exactly right! Fear, fear, fear – oh save me – sell me your vaccine

      October 4, 2011 at 07:40 | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      Gardasil,and most vaccines are very dangerous and do more harm than good.I really do not like is how doctors and big pharma keep saying if it wasn't for the small pox vaccine that we would still have small pox.That is an outright lie.5 years after they implemented mass vaccinations for small pox there was a surge in many countries of reported cases.What actually eradicated small pox was not vaccines.They isolated the disease through surveillance and containment to break the chain of transmission.Then and only then was it possible to eradicate small pox.Not through mass vaccinations.As a matter of fact mass vaccinations are no longer recommended in the case of an outbreak because of all of the negative side effects.Small pox was already on it's way out before the vaccine was even found anyway.Vaccines always make people sick.Even if it's just a fever there are always negative and unnecessary side effects. What they always fail to mention when they take vaccines to a third world country because of an outbreak of some kind of disease is that they also bring in fresh water,clean up there waste disposal and bring in better food.It is never the vaccines that stop the spread of disease.It is education,clean water and stopping malnutrition which with improper waste disposal,especially human waste which gets mixed in with the water supply,are the main causes of disease in the first place.So fixing those problems does far more good than vaccines.We need to strengthen our own immune systems naturally through good nutrition,exercise,proper hygiene,getting enough sleep and allow it to do what it does best on it's own.And that is keep us healthy.We need to stop putting big pharmas poison into ourselves and our children.We will all be much healthier in the long run.

      October 4, 2011 at 07:41 | Report abuse |
    • Chris R


      You are wrong. HPV-16 was identified in 1983 – 28 year ago now. That was well before any work was started on a vaccince. As for your HIV hypothesis – if it is a manmade disease can you tell me why HIV has been found in a tissue sample from 1959? Are you saying that 52 years ago we had the technological ability to create a virus?

      October 4, 2011 at 08:12 | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      Its not "only" gardasil and cervarix that can target HPV-16, they are just the first vaccines of this type to be manufactured. They strains of HPV in those vaccines were chosen because they are associated with approximately 70% of all cases of cervical cancer. Its your choice whether to get yourself and your children vaccinated, but after watching a friend suffer for 5 years and then ultimately die of cancer I see no reason to pass on a vaccine that can prevent some cases of it. The risk of receiving the vaccine are incredibly minor compared to the possible benefits.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:16 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I spent an entire summer internship researching HPV, cervical cancer and the benefits of Gardasil and Cervarix. I'm sure that's more than the five seconds you took to come up with an indiotic paranoid stance.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      Marshall, you are also wrong. Smallpox was wiped out by a massive campaign and the corner stone of it was vaccination. If you have proof that the vaccine was not the major component of the campaign please provide some evidence of it. I'd prefer something from the World Health Organization (who led the campaign). As for smallpox being on it's way out – maybe you'd like to explain that to the 2 million people who died from it in 1968. What you are doing is mistkaing the spread of variola minor (alsatrim) against the variola major (smallpox) in the US and Great Britain. Alsatrim does provide protection against smallpox (the original vaccine was actually infecting people with cowpox) which made the infection rate of smallpox in these locations reduce. However, in the rest of the world smallpox was still killing people. Estimates are that in the 20th century smallpox killed 300 to 500 *million* people.

      Second, vaccines do come with risk. No one will deny that. Not being vaccinated comes with a *greater* risk. Before the introdcution of the diphtheria vaccine in the 1920 approximately 15,000 people in the United States *died* from the diphtheria every year. From 2000 to 2007 there were a total of *3* cases in the US. Maybe you'd like argue that it's not a serious disease anymore – so you'd need to explain why in 1998 diptheria infected 200,000 and killed 5,000 in Russia. You might also want to explain why the coincides with a dramatic *decrease* in vaccination rates (in 1991 there were 2,000 cases and no deaths in Russia). Vaccination works.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Stop making up lies and conspiracies against modern medicine and vaccines. Its really scary most of you scientifically incompetent people can just make up facts or see it on some website. Here a hint if you used a website to site any scientific paper you would automatically fail the paper. Yes these companies want to make money they have to or we wouldn't have any medicine so shut up about everything being a conspiracy to make it. They are just trying to prevent diseases that how been plaguing man for centuries and to put that much time and man power(most of the workers need to be highly educated in science) into research you need money. If you really are against big corporations and medicine then you will never take any medicine. Even if you are dying taking a life saving drug would make you a hypocrite and hey we don't need you people anyway.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:53 | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      Here is a list of a few DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS who CONDEMN VACCINATION.http://www.vaclib.org/sites/debate/web3.html And there is a lot more information out there.I am a single father of two,you do not have to be a medical student or doctor to be a thinking intelligent human being. Just because someone spends an entire summer internship researching HPV doesn't mean they actually know more than someone who does there own homework.They are only learning what the manufacturers of these vaccines want them to.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:12 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Here's a little hint for the dope who insists that vitamin deficiencies are the cause of most cancer: the word is spelled "tripled". Not "trippled".

      I don't take medical advice from people who can't spell words a third grader can spell.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
    • reality

      Polio, smallpox, chicken pox, tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, influenza, shingles, measles, rubella, mumps, meningitis, pneumonias, etc. are just a sampling of the diseases that vaccines have saved the lives of millions of people in just the U. S. Look at the death rates of these diseases over the past century and you will have more information than you will ever need to combat all the uninformed conspiracy groups spouting nonsense about vaccines. Seriously, look at the death rates. Until you find the death rate charts and see what has occured to the benefit of mankind over the past 100 years you are just uninformed. Vaccines actually prevent disease. The medicines of big pharma only treat symptoms of disease (diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.) Isn't it better to not get the disease in the 1st place than depend on pills?

      October 4, 2011 at 09:45 | Report abuse |
    • Nat Turner

      Yes, Merck is making a mint by scaring people into taking this deadly drug. I would never allow a child of mine to be subjected to this money-maker. What they fail to tell you is that 70% of cases of hpv resolve themselves within the first year. In the second year that rate goes up to 90% Parents, do your research from those medical professionals that don't have something to gain from this drug. Google Diane Harper, lead researcher for gardasil.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
    • mpouxesas

      @Edwin: yeap, you are right. Those pharmaceutical companies are not in it for the money. It is out of sheer care and love for the fellow human being that they spend countless hours (lobbying hard late at night those clowns up in the capitol hill) and billions of dollars in 'research' (buying the same clowns up in the capitol hill).

      October 4, 2011 at 11:43 | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      It wouldn't be that the virus EVOLVED, would it?

      October 4, 2011 at 12:16 | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      @mike, you should visit the Belief Blog, sometime. You wouldn't imagine the crap that people believe!

      October 4, 2011 at 12:18 | Report abuse |
    • firewalller

      Did I see someone compare HIV to HPV? Thats worse than comparing apples to oranges. Thankfully a HIV vacine is almost out which will essentially eliminate HIV from the western world. As far as people saying HIV was created it a fear response beause we are affraid to admit that mother nature will always be one step ahead of us.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:28 | Report abuse |
    • livinginreality

      @ Edwin: Thank you for a voice of wisdom and reason!!!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 12:40 | Report abuse |
    • Bill Lavery

      @Scott, paranoid is an adjective AND a noun.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • Mel B

      He isn't paranoid – he's disgruntled.
      To believe that along with human evolution diseases didn't or wouldn't evolve as well is moronic. HIV/AIDs, SARS (?) and HPV are just a few of these super viruses that human kind now has to deal with. So what that pharama companies have vaccinations? It isn't coincidental. Those companies are probably looking for things to create products for. I'm sorry your sister died of cancer and her treatment was both expensive and ineffective. The fact that it was expensive is my biggest complaint with the health care industry. That's the real crime. Doesn't mean HPV was created or didn't exist until a pharama company cooked up a vaccination. I for one opted not to have the vaccination when I was young enough to get it. The side effects are too scary. I'd rather exercise even more caution in my personal life than play roulette with those side effects.

      I sincerely hope that this hits home for men and they start thinking more with the head that's three feet above their belt lines. This is a virus that can be stopped by being more careful.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:52 | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      you're an idiot.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • ModernMan

      I wouldn't be so worried if I did not eat so much p*ssy.

      October 4, 2011 at 13:13 | Report abuse |
    • sick n tired

      I agree, the pharm companies today manufacture "medications" that are genetically engineered to make people dependent on them. You say you have heartburn? try these pills, never mind that they will make your problems worse if you stop taking them, don't worry if you start bleeding profusely form every orifice. Its the same greed problem that is so prevelant today. Oh no.....our patent on nexium is expired, lets add some other crap to it so we can call it something else and get a new patent. Out of all the corrupt businesses/organizations today, the pharma industry is right up there with our corrupt government. I certainly wouldn't trust them.....not even with my dog.

      October 4, 2011 at 13:32 | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      To those who contend that HPY clears itself up in a year or so, that may be true but the presence of the virus is not what causes the cancer. When the virus first attacks a host, it destroys the natural system cells use to prevent overgrowth (cancer). Once this defense system is disrupted, cancer can occur long after the actual virus is gone. The only way to prevent HPV from causing cancer is to prevent it from entering your cells in the first place. Gardasil and cervarix can do this. Quite a few people on here need a basic biology lesson...

      October 4, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hilarious. Marshall can't figure out the difference between "their" and "there" but imagines himself to be some sort of authority on matters of medicine and science.

      Thanks for the laugh, Marshall.

      October 4, 2011 at 18:49 | Report abuse |
  15. AgrippaMT

    Well, all those girls have a clear choice now. Stop snorkeling or make sure mommy and daddy ensure that you have an HPV vaccine shot when you're about 12 years old. After that it's too late, but you can be sure the ailment will drop down lower in your body.

    October 4, 2011 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edwin

      I think kissing can do it, too, if the virus now resides in the mouth of the person being kissed...

      October 4, 2011 at 01:30 | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      We certainly wouldn't want girls to stop snorkeling. I say give them all a free vaccination. And free snorkeling training videos.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:18 | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @ jimmymax – I started laughing, then remembered I have a daughter then decided it wasn't funny (as I snickered some more)....

      October 4, 2011 at 09:04 | Report abuse |
  16. Thatguy371

    OK so looks like I'm croaking from the big C, because there's no way I'm discontinuing tongue and lips exercise sessions.

    October 4, 2011 at 01:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Rob

    mmmm Pete i like how you sound

    October 4, 2011 at 01:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. greg

    Awesome, another propaganda piece to get more people to take more government approved drugs. Watch the drug companies over the next two years, many of their patents run out. The only way to extend their patents is to find some other thing for the drugs to treat. We're going to see brand new studies showing the remarkable new uses for old drugs. Mark my words. And if I am right, then you can bet that the whole thing is a scam.

    October 4, 2011 at 01:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wisdom4u2

      I agree!! However, there's always gullible clowns out here who are willing to line up their precious little girls to get shot up with crap, and they don't even know what's in it! And that is so sad!!

      October 4, 2011 at 01:22 | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      They are willing to get their children vaccinated because they love them and want to make sure they are safe. People who don't vaccinate are luddites who are putting their children at needless risk.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:31 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      wisdom, what's truly sad is that some little girls have parents who are too ignorant to actually get reliable medical advice from a doctor and rely instead on the bogus "research" they dig up on the internet. I feel sad for your kids. Their parents are doing them a disservice.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:29 | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Most parents want what is best for their kids. Ultimately one group will be proven wrong and the kids will suffer for their parents' decisions. Science is on one side of the argument. Paranoia, inspired by historical unethical big-business behavior coupled with ignorance and a desire to be contrarian, are on the other.

      Good luck to the kids on each side. One side is going to need more luck than the other, but good luck to both, nonetheless.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
    • patently ridiculous

      Can you please enlighten us as to how a patent may be extended? Cite to a specific provision of the US Code so that those of us who practice patent law can enrich our clients' portfolios.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9


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    • livinginreality

      @patently ridiculous: I'm not an attorney, but you say that you are. I sort of think that Greg may be right here, from what I remember of articles and situations with pharmaceuticals and certain drugs. I thought that should a new use for their patented drug be found, they could extend their patent, although I will admit to no remembering details of "how long, parameters, etc.". Research it, please, and let us know. I'd really be interested in the facts.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:48 | Report abuse |
    • livinginreality

      @Aguest9: Thank you!! Good website with the info needed.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:52 | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      @patently: Go read up on the history of provigil. It was an orphan, that was patented, extended, affirmed, and extended again. But it will be generic before much longer, and I will be able to stop paying $10/day for it or the new version nuvigil. The history of that drug is a perfect example of how the drug manufacturers manipulate patent law for maximum gain. They recently raised the price of this old drug, in order to push patients onto the new formulation. Insurance companies responded as expected. Provigil is $14/day Nuvigil is $10/day, therefore, you may be able to get nuvigil, you can pay out of pocket if you want provigil. The arguement is that prices are high because they have to recover the cost of developing the drug, but provigil's cost has been long since recovered. Nuvigil's development has not yet been paid off, but it's discounted. Why? Because they hope that users will prefer the brand name nuvigil over generic versions of provigil when their protection is lost. The two formulas are very similar, and I prefer the old one. I know some people experience more side effects with one or the other, but neither is actually better.

      October 4, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      @wisdom do you even know what is in a Gardasil vaccine? Stop spreading unwarranted fear until you look it up.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
  19. 33

    Haa. A friend of mines girlfriend read a article similar to this and proclaimed to him that they need to cease oral compilation because of increased cancer possibility, made her closing argument "You want me to get cancer?!" he replied "Looks like we need to stop talking to each other over the phone/texting and eating lots of foods". "Why?" she contested. "Because those cause cancer too."

    October 4, 2011 at 01:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaded


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    • Rbnlegend101

      You are more likely to die of pneumonia. I certainly am not going to give up "complications" when most people can't be bothered to wash their hands and stay home from work to lower the risk of pneumonia.

      October 4, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
  20. mrcheesehead

    I hope my wife doesn't see this.

    October 4, 2011 at 02:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Rob


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  22. Mosin Nagant

    Most types of cancer have been linked to a vitamin deficiency. Most Americans eat a vitamin deficient diet today. That is why cancer rates have more than tripled. I t doesn't take rocket science to figure that out. Make your kids eat healthy instead of shooting them up with dangerous and sometimes deadly vaccines.

    October 4, 2011 at 03:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Johnny wazhere

      "Mosin Nagant Most types of cancer have been linked to a vitamin deficiency"
      Umm, where did you get these precious informations?

      October 4, 2011 at 05:20 | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      He probably got it from one of the hundreds of "wellness" websites infesting the net. People are so dumb, they'll believe anything as long as it's on a website - just like the old "it must be true, I saw it on TV".

      October 4, 2011 at 08:22 | Report abuse |
    • MA

      I agree with a previous poster, Mosin. If you have this information, you are morally obligated to publish it ina reputible peer-reviewed medical journal.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:46 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I second that. If you can't produce any peer-reviewed studies or reliable cites that prove that most cancers are caused by a vitamin deficiency, then you're simply lying, probably because you work for the vitamin supplement industry.

      If you aren't Lou, you're his pal. He'll be along any minute to tell everyone that Vitamin D will prevent cancer, cure the common cold, and probably render its consumers able to walk on water.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
    • Jslam

      Americans consume more multi-vitamins, dietary supplemants, and vitamin enriched foods than we ever have in the past and I'm willing to bet more than a vast majority of other countries.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
    • flippin

      Actually, cancer is just over diagnosed now. People were living with cancer all throughout history and never knew it. A person can have cancer and live a normal healthy life. Now, if you have cancer and go for regular visits to the doc, you will most likely find out you have cancer and the advice you will be given is to fight the cancer. Half the time the treatment is what kills a person, not the cancer. Not saying it's not something to look out for, there are all kinds of cancers and some do react to treatment much better than others, but do your research. Mamograms could cause certain cancers, for instance. It is a big business, no one wants to live by conspiracy theories or come off as paranoid. But research is a must. Squeezing, pushing on and feeling certain tumors make the cancer cells spread, this is a known fact recorded in journals. Most people never read up on these things. I just recently did. When a woman finds a lump, she shouldn't "play" with it and neither should a doc. Tests should e run to identify it as a cancer and then steps should be taken to treat it. No squeezing it in a machine. Just read into it and know that a diet rich in greens is a good way to avoid cancer all together, along with a drug free (including alcohol and smokes) life style.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      When I had cancer, at least 50 people told me "what causes cancer," which represented about 50 different theories. One woman actually told me that ALL cancer is caused by parasites. I asked where she found this. She said a Doctor on the internet. BTW I'm not a smoker, exercise regularly, and have a healthy diet. I still got cancer. Good luck to all of you out there who believe you know what causes cancer.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
    • livinginreality

      @jimmymax....Geez........you are SOOOooooo right!!! Thank you!!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
  23. AlaskaPalin

    The most beautiful act in the world when done outside of the husband (male from birth) and wife(female from birth) relationship becomes sordid and disease infected.

    October 4, 2011 at 04:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jimmymax

      Nah, it's most beautiful when you find some fresh, new pink snapper.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:23 | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      both these comments are somehow very disturbing.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
  24. Johnny wazhere

    What is cheaper than the medication and is 100% foolproof?
    Do not use your tongues **DUH** Guys use ONLY the thingy you have between your legs.
    There, problem solved.

    October 4, 2011 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jimmymax

      Guess what, Einstein? You can get it using just your "thingy" too. Aren't there some old Beavis & Butthead vids you should be watching?

      October 4, 2011 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • Johnny wazhere

      >>Guess what, Einstein? You can get it using just your "thingy" too.
      what is your proof that you can get it from your thingy??
      >>Aren't there some old Beavis & Butthead vids you should be watching?
      You are right there. Watching Beavis & Butthead can't cause any VD.

      October 4, 2011 at 20:32 | Report abuse |
  25. lex

    Can't use an condom on this one.

    October 4, 2011 at 06:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bookworm01

      may not be able to use condoms, but there are always dental dams....lol

      October 4, 2011 at 08:20 | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      Yeah, but then why bother? Might as well go down on a Real Girl [tm]

      October 4, 2011 at 08:26 | Report abuse |
  26. Haakonas

    I personally believe that it is the lack of washing on not only the male but especially the female species that are not bathing every day any longer. I wash my body 4 X's a day Morning, Noon, Evening and nightly before I go to bed. So I shall never drag my funk to bed and spread whatever I had been getting into thruout the day. Does anyone realize that not washing is the first sign that a problem will arise? Wash your Butts and everything else people everyday it may save your life.

    October 4, 2011 at 06:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaded

      OCD much?

      October 4, 2011 at 08:28 | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      Do you have any idea how small a virus is? This isn't some piece of lint or toilet tissue you can just wash off your skin. It's already inside your body, just like any other virus. If washing worked, we'd just wash away cancer as well. But you do need help with that obsessive-compulsive disorder by the way...

      October 4, 2011 at 08:29 | Report abuse |
    • blue

      washing too much can make you sick.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
    • sick n tired

      Please.........stop wasting so much water.

      October 4, 2011 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
  27. Nick

    I really hope the average American is like the average CNN commentator. If so, you country is full of a lot of dumb, paranoid people. I almost wish their conspiracies were true so that a Pharmaceutical company would develop a disease that would do a little natural selection for us and spare the rational of us your lunatic musings.

    October 4, 2011 at 07:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pins

      Yeah because the swine flu was SOOOO massively deadly wasn't it? The flu vaccine the last 2/3 years wasn;t even effective bc it targeted the wrong strain! I'm not sure how any of us are alive NOW!
      Stop drinking the kool-aid, man.

      October 4, 2011 at 07:28 | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      The swine flu in recent years was not deadly because it was not genetically identical to to the swine flu of 1918, even though it possessed the same outer coatings to warrant the same name. The swine flu that existed in 1918 had a massive death rate while this swine flu was fairly survivable b/c it did not possess the same viral traits. The world dodged a bullet, but its only a matter of time until it mutates again.

      October 4, 2011 at 07:53 | Report abuse |
    • Pins

      @ Whatever - The swine flu was not as deadly as 1918 but you would not have known that going through it - Every media outlet was injected with TERROR and FEAR unless you got this magic vaccine.
      Bunch of BS.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:59 | Report abuse |
    • Jslam

      Ever stop for a second and consider that maybe the swine flu wasn't as deadly as predicted because doctors and people were aware of it and treated it aggresively?

      October 4, 2011 at 10:53 | Report abuse |
    • Fly Guy in SJ

      Thanks, Jslam. That's exactly the point. I heard that same foolishness about Y2K – clueless fools both in and out of the media spouting off that it was all much ado about nothing. The reason Y2K was no big deal is because throughout 1999, myself and thousands of other IT professionals worked to identify and patch any at-risk systems we had. I can tell you where I and the entire engineering team I was on in 1999 spent the night of December 31, 1999, and the morning hours of January 1, 2000: in our office, on mandatory duty. To his credit, our VP of engineering also spent the night there. We were released around dawn. All over the world, other IT workers did the same. That's why Y2K was no big deal.

      Without that very great effort, Y2K would have been a very big deal, indeed. Did the press over-hype it? Sort of. They presented the "what happens if nobody does anything" scenario as if that's what we were headed for, when in reality the entire industry was fully aware of the problem and took steps throughout the year to mitigate it. It was the press that heard about Y2K from the IT industry, not the other way around.

      October 4, 2011 at 13:22 | Report abuse |
  28. Pins

    The article starts off so deadly and grim but I hope everyone noticed the most imptortant sentence:
    Cancer rates have continued to decreased over the years due to screening/check-ups.
    Prevention is key people. This vaccine is the latest fear mongering tactic.
    As for this house - We will PASS.

    October 4, 2011 at 07:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bookworm01

      thought it was interesting that the HPV positive cancer had better survival rates....

      October 4, 2011 at 08:22 | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      Sounds like nothing going on at his house, so no need for vaccines..

      October 4, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse |
    • Pins

      @jimmymax -

      You sound like the guy that runs to the Dr's everytime a new medication/vaccine is out on the market but you think it can cure all your neverending issues. Go for it pal! Be their pin bag! 😀

      October 4, 2011 at 09:05 | Report abuse |
    • Pins

      *because you think it can cure all your neverending issues.

      October 4, 2011 at 09:06 | Report abuse |
  29. leecherius

    Geez....use a mouthwash.

    October 4, 2011 at 07:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. leecherius

    That's more than I needed to know. Enough to want to stop drinking..

    October 4, 2011 at 07:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Andrew

    Sounds like they have it figured out. Cancer is either caused by tobacco, alcohol, or HPV.
    I hope you fools out their reading this are not actually believing it.

    October 4, 2011 at 07:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jimmymax

      I'm only seeing one fool at the moment. He wrote the truth himself, and then ignored it.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:31 | Report abuse |
  32. bukktbibd


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  33. lina

    I'm with jeff s and wisdom.

    greed greed greed

    October 4, 2011 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Scott

    You anti-vaccine people are truly scary. Young girls and women have been receiving HPV vaccinations since 2006 to prevent cervical cancers, which is also caused by HPV. In Australia, almost 80% of school age girls have received it.

    Do some research on your own and read the clinical trials on pubmed.com . If its too complicated for you to understand then I guess you shouldn't be making the types of statements I see above anyway.

    October 4, 2011 at 08:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • richk

      and you pro-vaccine people are even scarier. Please do us all a favor and volunteer for any new vaccine that comes out.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Considering the number of well-respected physicians who are leery of this vaccine and the lack of long-term data, questionable longevity of protection, etc, I think I'll pass.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:22 | Report abuse |
  35. Marshall

    Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines will do little to reduce cervical cancer rates, according to the drugs lead researcher in the development of two human papilloma virus vaccines, says Dr. Diane Harper. The outspoken researcher also weighed in last month on a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that raised questions about the safety of the vaccine, saying bluntly: “The rate of serious adverse events is greater than the incidence rate of cervical cancer.” http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/10/25/top_stories/doc4ae4b76d07e16766677720.txt

    October 4, 2011 at 08:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris R

      That quote was disavowed by Harper herself.

      October 4, 2011 at 08:39 | Report abuse |
    • Jslam

      This thread is proof that more people should just shutup and listen to their doctor. They don't know what they are talking about and it's painfully obvious.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse |
  36. Vinnie

    Papiloma? Isn't dat where da bulls run?

    October 4, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Marshall

    I think this says it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChoTCOz9Yok

    October 4, 2011 at 08:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No. It doesn't. Is that the best you can do? Because if so, you are lousy at promoting your cause.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:13 | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      Please stop trying to get decent information from youtube and other random sites where people can post anything. Go read some scholarly articles and then you will know something about vaccines.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
  38. shawn

    Doctors get kickbacks from Pharmaceutical companies in the form of trips, dinners, liasons with female drug reps etc. The pharmaceutical companies fund the clinical research and direct its outcome to promote their drugs. The FDA functions as a legal arm of big pharmacy to protect its profits under the guise of protecting our safety. To understand this relationship think of how a "human resources" department functions at a big corporation. It exists to legally protect the company but presents itself as a part of the company that exists to protect the employee...

    October 4, 2011 at 09:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Hmmmm....

    Me thinks there are different ways to go about this. 1: As the old machanics adage states, 'use the right tool for the job' or 2: Use a hammer on everything...hope...pray...and have a good emergency kit handy. It is funny how our species finds no vaue in the rules of our elders only to find out...'oh my...they must have known something!" Oh well, curiosity and self indulgence is what would cause us to be wonderful pets ...so long as you can keep us safely in our terariums and do not mind replacing us often. 🙂

    October 4, 2011 at 09:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. bob

    they are over there heads if u ask me

    October 4, 2011 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. 030888

    As the wife of a base of tongue cancer patient I can tell you this is serious. It's a cancer that isn't found easily or cheaply.
    My husband had stage 4 cancer that had spread to 2 lymph glands. It spread in 2 months time from just his tongue to his neck. IT was down his throat at the base of his tongue only a 10K PET scan could confirm it was there.

    Luckily we have made it through 9 months of surgery, chemo- 3 rounds in hospital and 8 weeks of radiation with weekly chemo to have an outcome of "all cancer has been eradicated from his body"! The cost is great, almost 500K in bills to our insurance.
    This is a cancer that is here. It doesn't matter if it was a vast conspiracy or a medical companies dream. It's here and it's aggressive. I have sons that are young teens. I will have them vaccinated. They don't want to go through what their dad has gone through. The fact that it's here and it cost's half a million dollars to rid it from my husband's body is the bigger toll We have insurance but if caps are removed he could run out with only 2 or 3 re occurrences. No one in our county should be without care because of money. We have planned and have had emergency funds. We are insured and have check ups. None of this was enough. Our emergency fund is gone, our business is almost gone, and our insurance rates will go up on the renewal date of our policy. At some point all the planning in the world can't take care of you on your own. We need to help everyone be safe from financial ruin do to illness. For all of the conspiracy theorists If big business is driving these illnesses then we really do need national healthcare, or we will all be dead and the economy will fall into ruin! No one to buy the meds from the drug companies! It's stupid that we can't take care of our health with all the greatness our country has without ruining everything you've worked and planned for. We would've needed 2 yrs salary set aside to keep us from going in debt. Since there isn't anything with a decent return to invest in how can I amass this fortune? For everyone that said "let me die" when asked about a dying may without healthcare during the debates. I hope that it's your family they are debating helping. Only then can you understand the stupidity of the statement. We fight to keep unfit parents from aborting babies, but we can't help the fellow man when he's dying. Incredibly frustrating planet to live on right now,..

    October 4, 2011 at 09:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Kellie

    This is old news; I wrote a patho paper about it 4 years ago. They did trials of Gardasil on gay men in England before then

    October 4, 2011 at 10:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Mary Ann

    I have not seen that anyone has mentioned the more obvious: We need to teach our children to stop licking and sucking everything with a pulse. It is not a form of enterntainment, like going to a movie. It should be reserved for special relationships, not boredom. Be responsible, use protection for all interactions even though it might change the sensations a bit.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anna

      Sure, education is the key. However, as a society we need to be realistic and realize that people don't behave as they should. Therefore, vaccination is just another protection layer.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
  44. elle

    I'm sure the haters will hate and the judgers will judge, but, this vaccine came out when I was almost finished with college. I wish it had come out sooner, and I wish I had known about it. And at the time, I had one boyfriend, and was in a logn term relationship with him. Cervical cancer is a terrible, terrible thing and can kill young women. there is nothing wrong with a vaccine to help prevent it. You may think everything is a conspiracy until your daughter or sister ends up with cervical cancer.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      I'm with you sister, it was awful. A shot is much better.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:46 | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      You do realize that this vaccine protects against 4 kinds of HPV, which are responsible for about 70% of cervical cancers. Just because you get the vaccine does NOT mean you will never get cervical cancer. There are 30% of cervical cancers that are not due to the 4 types of HPV. Yearly checkups are still needed.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
  45. amy

    The only HPV 'crisis' is that Merck isn't moving enough of their dangerous hpv vaccine.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Bill Clinton

    nothing better than an old fashioned BJ !

    October 4, 2011 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Jslam

    It's rather hilarious to look at some of the political cartoons and propaganda from back in the 1920s-1950s. Oddly enough, people were espousing pretty much the same types of conspiracy theories about the polio and smallpox vaccines as they are about HPV now. Meanwhile, polio and smallpox have been eradicated and the conspiracy theorists have been discredited a thousand times over.

    Yes vaccine criticism has a long and sordid history of being completely wrong.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. DogownerMD

    It is clear that the FDA needs to "approve" prescribing gardisil for EVERYONE. What relevance is it to make it available only for 20 somethings and younger? Many cancers could be prevented if this vaccine was made available to the general population.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. ShaneB

    I wonder if its not an uptick in acidic drinks (ie. sodas, energy drinks?) Seems like that's worthy of a study.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Guest

    Please, please get vaccinated! I got HPV when I was 19 dating a musician who screwed anything that moved. Had to have laser surgery, removing 1/2 my cervix but am clean, thank God. No one should have to go through that. A condom did not help, by the way; apparently, it was on other areas of his junk.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • T.rex

      other areas not covered by a condom? How about consider the fact you'd have gotten that with or without said boyfriend. Stop blaming your woes on someone else.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:31 | Report abuse |
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