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… » 6/23/08 6:00pm 6/23/08 6:00pm

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

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