Jenny McCarthy is still anti-vaccine despite what you may have learned today on Reddit

Yesterday the “news” was Jenny McCarthy had abandoned her medical degree from the University of Google, embraced science, and stated some version of vaccines are helpful and that her son never really had autism. My twitter steam was broiling with people retweeting an article from Radar Online making this claim (the link is now dead), […]

Impact of Katie Couric’s misinformation on HPV vaccine in one image

After viewing Katie Couric’s show an acquaintance’s mother sent her this e-mail. Because many people believe the health information they see on TV, especially when it comes form a source like Couric who has been known, until this point anyway, as a trusted journalist.   Kate’s Couric’s “take” was about as scientific as a show entitled, […]

HPV vaccine almost eliminates genital warts for young women, new study

While the HPV vaccine is an important weapon against cervical cancer, one of the vaccines (Gardasil) also provides coverage against HPV types 6 and 11, which cause genital warts. As this vaccine targets 4 types of HPV (16 and 18, which cause cervical cancer as well as 6 and 11) it is called a quadrivalent […]

Vaccines and Jenny McCarthy: the Oprah mea culpa interview doctors want to see

I am sure Oprah had spectacular ratings for her Lance Armstrong interview and so, in the spirit of truth-telling, I have another mea culpa show for Ms. Winfrey to consider: vaccine safety. Until Jenny McCarthy got major air time the link between vaccines and autism was relatively fringe. But with Oprah in September of 2007 McCarthy, […]

20% of kids in grade 9 have had oral sex or why your pre-teen should be vaccinated against HPV

Initiating the vaccine series for the human papilloma virus (HPV) by age 11 or 12 is recommended, although many parents balk at a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted virus at this tenderly perceived age because, “12 year olds shouldn’t be having sex” or better yet, “My 12-year-old won’t be having sex.” (Just to recap, HPV […]

HPV vaccine may provide benefit even for women with a history of HPV-related disease

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts, most cervical and vulvar cancers, and many anal cancers. HPV is particularly troublesome because even after optimal treatment recurrence is problematic. Never mind the ongoing risk of cancer, it often takes multiples visits with painful biopsies to closely monitor the situation. Many women […]

The mainstream media perpetuates HPV vaccine mythology

If there’s a whiff of a story about vaccine safety or controversy, expect the major media outlets to be on it like buzzards on carrion. Michele Bachmann spouts anti-vaccine crap and it’s a headline. Everywhere. Rick Perry back peddles over his HPV vaccine policy in Texas and it’s discussed for days. The war cry of […]

HPV vaccine does not increase risky sexual behavior (new study)

The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is mired in controversy, or at least it is in the United States where there is a fearful undercurrent about sex and sexuality. (HPV is the virus that causes genital warts and cervical, vaginal, anal, and many head and neck cancers). When the HPV vaccine became available the religious right […]

Getting the HPV shot without parental consent in California. What’s the big deal?

There were apparently some ruffled feathers yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB499 into law. As of January 2012, children ages 12 and older will be able to get the HPV vaccine without parental consent. The social conservatives think that the vaccine is a license for wanton pre-teen sex and the anti-vaxxers are worried our […]

HPV is more cancer causing than cigarettes

Infection with human papilloma virus (HPV) is the cause of almost all cervical cancers. There are specific strains of HPV that are cancer causing, most notably HPV 16 and 18. But what is the risk of getting cancer from HPV? Here are some eye-opening stats. HPV 16 and 18 are more cancer causing than cigarettes. […]