Drugmaker Seeks FDA Approval For Gardasil For Males

Drugmaker Merck has asked the FDA to approve the Gardasil vaccine’s use for boys ages 9 to 26. For those who don’t know, Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against HPV and cervical cancer. » 1/07/09 12:40pm 1/07/09 12:40pm

CDC Finds Deaths Unrelated To Gardasil Shots

Though experts are still questioning the cost effectiveness » 10/23/08 9:30am 10/23/08 9:30am of Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine recommended for women ages 11 to 26, the CDC has found that reports of serious adverse events, including deaths following the administration of the vaccine, were to the shot. According to the , the CDC looked at…

Experts Appalled At Gardasil Requirement For Immigrant Women

In spite of recommendations from the CDC » 10/01/08 9:30am 10/01/08 9:30am against the practice, the Department of Homeland Security is now requiring that , Gardasil, before entering the U.S. permanently. According to the , because of a 1996 law, when the CDC recommended Gardasil for women ages 11 to 26 two years ago the vaccine automatically went on…

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.…

Let's Talk About Sex(ually Transmitted Diseases)

I feel like I'm constantly talking about the STDs I have/had, to the point that I'm pretty sure my friends are sick of hearing about it and I'm paranoid that people I first meet (who might know about it, thanks to the internet) give me weird looks when I sit on their furniture. And even though I'm burdened with forever … » 6/23/08 6:00pm 6/23/08 6:00pm

Flavor Flav Draws The Line At Herpes

On last night's episode of Flavor of Love 3, the girls were split into two teams and given the sadistic task of "roasting" one girl of their choice from the opposite team. Thing is, because the roast wasn't coming from a place of love and respect, it was just a bunch of girls telling mean jokes. One of the girls roasted… » 3/04/08 6:00pm 3/04/08 6:00pm

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

Herpes Vigilante: Innocent Or Asshole?

By now, you may have heard about the Brooklyn woman who, after contracting herpes during a condomless one-night stand, was angry enough to start both a a blog about the perpetrator and plaster her neighborhood with 400 fliers. Since herpes is sorta my beat here, I really wanted to weigh in on this thing and say that I… » 10/24/07 4:00pm 10/24/07 4:00pm

Since we already had our herpes news for today, here's your friendly HPV tidbit: many experts think that Gardasil, the only HPV vaccine currently on the market, is not permanently effective. Some researchers think that a booster may be needed after the ten-year mark. In addition, there is no proof that the vaccine… » 10/17/07 7:45pm 10/17/07 7:45pm

Herpes: It may actually not be so whatevs anymore. Researchers at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine believe that the herpes virus could potentially help fight breast cancer. There's a big scientific explanation about why it's beneficial (something to do with cell replication and the immune system) that you can read … » 10/17/07 1:45pm 10/17/07 1:45pm

Contrary To Popular Belief, Herpes Is So Whatevs

In a recent poll about relationships, genital herpes was ranked the second highest social stigma—HIV came in first—ahead of gonorrhea, mental illness, obesity, substance abuse, and cancer. Of the 2000 people surveyed, 503 were adults with genital herpes. That actually makes sense because, according to the CDC, one in… » 8/27/07 6:30pm 8/27/07 6:30pm