Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gardasil: Worth the Risk?

ABC News reported this past week that studies examining the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, have found that 32 deaths may have been linked to the vaccine, and that there have been more incidences of other serious side effects that could possibly be related to Gardasil, such as blood clotting and neurological disorders, than other vaccines. HPV is responsible for 99% of all cervical cancer cases, so the vaccine has been widely distributed.

I don't recommend taking Gardasil, and here's why: for starters, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released this study along with an editorial. The editorial asked an important question: is the potential benefit of the HPV vaccine worth its potential serious, or even tragic, risks? This is a really important point. The potential risks involved in many vaccines or pills (such as birth control) pose a serious threat to a woman's health, both physically and emotionally. Dr. Diane Harper from the University of Missouri stated that "Although the number of serious adverse events is small and rare, they are real and cannot be overlooked or dismissed without disclosing the possibility to all other possible vaccine recipients . . . The rate of serious adverse events is greater than the incidence rate of cervical cancer." (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/CancerPreventionAndTreatment/story?id=8356717)

Secondly, Gardasil only "protects" against four of the 100 strains of HPV. In other words, a woman can still contract HPV even after receiving the vaccine. “Protection” does not mean that you’re protected.

Remember, sex is a fantastic thing. God created it to be a wonderful expression of love between a man and wife. But it is only by keeping it within the boundaries of marriage that one can truly be “safe” from all of the risks and fears of STDs that sex can bring outside of marriage.

Keep your heart and your body for your future husband/wife alone; marry someone who also waited, and be faithful to each other. 100% guaranteed protection.


Anonymous said...

Great article!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing about this! There are many other reasons not to universally vaccinate young girls too. Both men and women can contract HPV and pass it in to their sexual partners, but only girls are being encouraged to get vaccinated! Again, the responsibility (of birth control and of disease prevention) lies on women's shoulders. I hope parents are doing their research and THINKING before they vaccinate their precious young daughters againt a sexually transmitted disease (which could of course beavoiding if their daughters just didn't have sex before marriage). Kate F