FDA Lambastes Phony HIV, Herpes Cures

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it's going after over a dozen companies selling non-prescription pills and supplements—like Medavir, Herpaflor and C-Cure—that purport to cure STDs like HIV, Herpes and HPV. Federal health officials say that none of these products have been proven to be… » 5/03/11 3:20pm 5/03/11 3:20pm

Why Aren't Men Vaccinated For HPV?

Though it mainly affects women, HPV can cause cancer and genital warts in men. Why, then, wouldn't we wan to vaccinate as many men as possible? Because it's not terribly cost effective. Cancer talks, but money talks more loudly. [Forbes] » 6/10/10 12:40pm 6/10/10 12:40pm

FDA Panel To Make Recommendations On Two HPV Vaccines

On September 9, a Food & Drug Administration advisory committee will consider whether Gardasil should be approved for boys and if Cervarix, another HPV vaccine approved for women in developing countries, should be sold in the U.S. [Business Week] » 8/28/09 11:20am 8/28/09 11:20am

Now That HPV Vaccine Is Available For Boys, Debate Turns to Health…

The makers of Gardasil are trying to get the HPV vaccine approved for boys, which is why now people are questioning the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, rather than if it makes girls slutty. » 3/27/09 9:30am 3/27/09 9:30am

Experts Question The Cost Effectiveness Of HPV Vaccine

Though we touched on the aggressive marketing tactics of pharmaceutical companies yesterday » 8/21/08 9:30am 8/21/08 9:30am, there are several articles today discussing a spread about the Gardasil and Cervarix. To recap: both Gardasil and Cervarix are purported to prevent infection from the two strains of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancer.…

"I Have Genital Warts. How Do I Guiltlessly Have Sex?"

It's time for another installment of Pot Psychology, the advice column in which everyone's problems are solved with an "herbal" remedy. (Remember, kids: Don't do drugs!) In this episode, the Hoda to my Kathie Lee, Rich, helps me dole out advice on stuff like death, balls, and hobos. Got a burning question? Send it to … » 6/13/08 4:20pm 6/13/08 4:20pm

Do You Tell Sex Partners About Your STDs?

I have herpes. I've written about it on the internet before, and that fact comes back to bite me in the ass way more frequently than any blisters do. But it's somewhat of a relief that it's out there, because I feel less of a burden of having to tell new people I bang, since these days, the people I sleep with tend to… » 4/14/08 6:30pm 4/14/08 6:30pm

Gardisil For Guys: Will Boys Get It?

We were aware that Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, was being tested on men back in November when our Jezegay Ryan wrote about his experience as a guinea pig in a clinical study testing the vaccine on dudes. Penis-scraping and ass-poking aside, Ryan was overjoyed that he would be immunized against anal warts, and now it… » 2/25/08 9:30am 2/25/08 9:30am

Cervical Cancer Vaccine "Burns," But Genital Warts Burn More

Gardasil, the which helps prevent cervical cancer, is the subject of several complaints from the young women who have received it. "It burns!" whines 18-year-old Lauren Fant, and according to the AP, the burning is worse than with other kinds of shots. "Some teens say it's uncomfortable driving with or sleeping on the… » 1/04/08 9:30am 1/04/08 9:30am