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Sunday quickie

On Thursday, an advisory panel suggested that the FDA approve the use of Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) for boys and men as well as girls. According to lead scientist Anna Giuliano (as reported on CNN), “, “the data clearly demonstrates that there was a benefit to men in receiving Gardasil. Overall, we saw a 90 percent reduction in disease – genital warts and pre-cancerous lesions — caused by HPV in men and an 89 percent reduction in genital warts incidence.”

This is wonderful news and I hope the FDA accepts the recommendation. But I’m also reminded that when Gardasil was first introduced, the religious right went bonkers, claiming that if young women knew they were protected against HPV, they’d turn into sluts, sleeping with anything that moved (this is, of course, the group that also claimed condoms cause pregnancy). So I’ll just be interested to see if the suggestion that men be similarly protected will lead to similar outrage.

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