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Sisters claim HPV vaccine caused ovarian failure and premature menopause

Two Wisconsin sisters say a vaccine against HPV shut down their ovaries, likely preventing them from ever becoming pregnant. Madelyne Meylor, 20, and Olivia Meylor, 19, were the first to say the vaccine against human papillomavirus had caused the condition in a claim filed through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation…

Some girls overestimate HPV vaccine protection

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Some adolescent girls who get the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer wrongly think they no longer need to practice safe sex, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, shows the need for better education about the vaccines…

HPV and vaccination: one blogger’s obsession

I think I'm mildly obsessed with the HPV vaccination and the resistance to it.  The whole thing is a perfect storm of important issues for me: science and skepticism, feminism, public health policy, sexual health, religious delusions, the power that folk beliefs have over human choices, emotional vs. rational decision-making,…

Even married monogamous women are dirty sluts who deserve cancer now

Via Jill comes this amazing evidence of how out-of-touch and extremist sex panicking conservatives have gotten.  As I think all grown-ups are willing to admit, this whole shitstorm Michele Bachmann has stirred about the HPV vaccine is just pure sex panic (with a side dose of anti-vaxxer nuttery, but really,…

Mexico to give HPV vaccine to all girls from 2012

MEXICO CITY — Mexico plans to administer the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer, to all girls beginning next year, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday. Beginning in 2012, the HPV vaccine will be part of the normal course of shots given to all girls at…

HPV, the public health, and sexual choices

So, Mary Elizabeth Williams has called me hysterical and claimed I'm ruining feminism with my supposed irrationality because, on Twitter, I criticized a piece she wrote about her pediatrician accidentally giving her daughter the first dose of HPV instead of the scheduled meningitis shot.  When a cascade of people attacked…

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