Gardasil Approvied for Boys

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Gardasil Approvied for Boys
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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 7:03pm
How much longer will HPV related excuses be on the circumcision list? Guesses?
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Registered: 03-15-2005
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 9:42pm

Really?

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Registered: 08-07-2008
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 10:00pm
Yep, the recommendation will be made to approve it for boys. Google it, it should be in the news.
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Registered: 01-07-2008
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 10:44pm

“Really?

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Registered: 08-29-2009
Thu, 09-10-2009 - 12:53am

I think it's sad that it's been approved for boys because I think it's paving the way for the RX companies to lobby for mandatory vaxes for both girls & boys. Have you read some of the side effects girls have experienced with Gardisil? Also, I think it gives a false sense of security - Gardisil (sp?) is preventing against - I think it's 3 (It's been over a yr since I actively looked into this) - of the viruses which are linked to 70% of the viruses believed to cause cervical cancer - well, A) the vax is not 100% and will need boosters - so statistically that reduces the coverage B) what about the other 30% of viruses - imo, that's part of the false security


I'm just not sold on this vax yet, too many vaxes as it is, but this is the wrong debate board for the vax discussion....

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Registered: 03-15-2005
Thu, 09-10-2009 - 9:12am

I agree with your line of thinking as far as not rushing out to get it.

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Thu, 09-10-2009 - 11:39am
A couple of important points that should be made. I've skimmed through the briefing paper related to Merck's application and there are two interesting points to be made. First off genital warts are an irritating but not a significiant problem in men and women. It is thought that because of this uptake for men will be low. Second, they also noted that persistant HPV and the related cancers are so rare in men it is hard to justify the vaccine on that basis another reason they don't think up take will be strong. To yhe second point in the data that was provided over the length of the study, there were not more than about 40 event of persistent HPV infectionin the control group of any type. So 5000 or so participants and I think 3 years and so few events; it makes me wonder how one can trumpet circumcision with regard to HPV since persistent or meaningful infection is so rare to begin with.


Edited 9/10/2009 11:43 am ET by fellowtraveler