Out of the Blue

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HPV vaccines and public health campaigns shouldn’t be limited to girls, says Apter, and Prof. Elmar Joura, lead author on the Gardasil-9 paper, agrees. “The female-only campaigns leave men who have sex with men unprotected,” says Joura. In societies where vaccination rates among girls are low, men who have sex with women are also at risk from HPV-related disease. Being vaccinated not only protects men individually, but also contributes to herd immunity, says Apter.

Unfortunately the religious abstinence only crowd like to use STIs as part of their fear based campaign. HPV is one of their darlings since condoms aren't as effective against it as they are against other STIs. The only reason the female vaccination campaign has met with any amount of success in the US is because of HPV's link with cervical cancer. This allows public health officials to bill it as an anti-vagina cancer vaccine to the fear guided public. After all what kind of monster would want young girls to get vagina cancer?

It really is ridiculous that the failure of this vaccine to become more widespread is because it eliminates one of the boogie-men from the abstinence only, anti-gay crowd. It'd be like if I opposed a medicine that prevented smokers from getting lung cancer, because I personally think smoking is gross and the best way to prevent people from smoking is by having horrible lung cancer as one of the consequences. /rant
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