Merck Is Recalling a Batch of Gardasil Because of Glass Shards

Don't flip out, but there's been a voluntary recall of a botched batch of Gardasil. CBS News reports that Merck, which makes the vaccine, is asking orgs that received part of lot J007354 (shipped between late August and early October) to send it back. » 12/23/13 5:00pm 12/23/13 5:00pm

Katie's Controversial HPV Episode Not So Controversial After All

The buzz about Wednesday's episode of Katie devoted to the HPV vaccine far surpassed any the show's gotten in the one-and-a-half seasons it's been on, but for anyone looking for real drama, the actual substance was as boringly frustrating as the debate that's existed online about the vaccine. » 12/04/13 4:40pm 12/04/13 4:40pm

Surprise, Surprise: The HPV Vaccine Works Wonders

The pervasiveness of cancer-causing strands of the human papillomavirus (HPV) has dropped by half among teenage girls in the last decade, thanks to the vaccine that was just introduced in 2006. Additionally: kindly fuck off, Michele Bachmann. » 6/19/13 5:00pm 6/19/13 5:00pm

It's Official: HPV Vaccine Doesn't Turn Teens Into Whore Monsters

New research today from the Department of Oh My God Why Does This Study Have To Exist — turns out, vaccinating teenage girls against HPV won't cause them to go from innocent children drawing pictures of flowers with crayons to unstoppable slutzillas. Sort of like how wearing seatbelts doesn't cause car accidents, or… » 10/15/12 11:40am 10/15/12 11:40am

HPV Vaccine Is Already Leading to ‘Herd Immunity’

A new study suggests, albeit with very tentative optimism, that the HPV vaccine Gardasil may offer benefits even to women who don't get inoculated through a phenomenon known as "herd immunity." (No word yet on when this herd immunity is going to start protecting that one lonely wildebeest that gets left on the wrong side … » 7/10/12 10:00am 7/10/12 10:00am

Bishop Bans HPV Vaccine in Catholic School, Because Cancer Prevention…

One would think that out of all the things in this great spinning, swirling, Shake Weighting world of ours, cancer prevention would be the one cause that everyone — no matter what funny hat they think God told them to wear — could get behind. But one dogged Canadian Bishop has bravely gone against the grain, fighting… » 6/27/12 1:00pm 6/27/12 1:00pm

Oral Sex Linked To Throat Cancer, Is Best Argument Yet For Giving Boys …

New research shows that throat cancers caused by HPV — usually contracted through oral sex — are on the rise. It's upsetting news, but there's something we can do: start testing the HPV vaccine for throat cancer prevention, and vaccinate boys. » 10/04/11 11:35am 10/04/11 11:35am

Just Freaking Give Boys The HPV Vaccine Already

The facts: Roughly half of adult males in the US are infected with HPV. Some strains, passed along to women through sexual contact, can cause cervical cancer. HPV can also increase the likelihood of penile or anal cancer in men, and can cause genital warts. The FDA has already approved the vaccine for boys. But the CDC … » 9/23/11 6:40pm 9/23/11 6:40pm

Bioethicist Bets Michele Bachmann $10,000 She's Wrong About HPV

Michele Bachmann is continuing to all-out make up stuff about the HPV vaccine, but she never said she's a scientist. As it happens, one of them just bet her $10,000 to prove that there is a real person who developed "mental retardation" from Gardasil. » 9/16/11 7:15pm 9/16/11 7:15pm

The Sex-Hating Hysteria Behind Republicans' HPV Vaccine Debate

Michele Bachmann seems to have struck gold at yesterday's Republican debate. She went after Rick "I Hate Cancer" Perry, again for mandating an HPV vaccine, and she hasn't stopped pushing it since. But as anyone who's followed this debate already knows, this is not about vaccine side effects, government mandates, or even… » 9/13/11 5:50pm 9/13/11 5:50pm

Teens Still Aren't Getting The HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine has been on the market since 2006, but as of last year, only 49% of girls have had their shots. Health officials are disappointed by the response, but they say there are several reasons the cervical cancer vaccine isn't catching on — including parents' refusal to acknowledge that one day their precious… » 8/26/11 10:40am 8/26/11 10:40am