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The Value of HPV Vaccines

Updated on September 10, 2013

For a Happy Ending

HPV: The Equal Opportunity Offender

The Human Pavillova Virus (HPV) is a sexual transmitted disease which in many cases is asymptomatic and therefore is very difficult to treat, It is an exceptionally common and not only effects women but men..

Recently there has been a break through with a vacine which can immunize against several strands of HPV. It is safe and effective but by no means does it protect from all forms of HPV or other STDs especially HIV

Sadly, our society is still in denial about this public health issue. The vaccines are mandatory now for children and will significantly decrease the incidences of transmission of this disease. If only society could view this vaccine as they do the chicken pox vaccine. The perspective on these shots should be viewed as a health matter only. But we must remain vigilant to educate all of our society about condomns and the fact that condomns can and do break so they are very careful about fluid transmission and selection of sexual partners. The choices our young adults make could prevent them from living happy reproductive lives.

Is HPV Really That Big of a Health Issue?

HPV Treatments and Consequences

The key to intimacy is both physical and emotional safety and when one individual could or is likely to have a sexually transmitted disease that has an impact on a couple's ability to be intimate. As for treatments of HPV there is no cure. Treats for this disease specifically targets treating symptoms but does not prevent an infected person from continuing to transmit the virus,

Logic would dictate that if HPV is the most common STD, how serious could it be? HPV is very serious because there are several forms which have now been scientifically related to cervical cancer. So the question is if you could reduce your chances of getting cervical cancer why wouldn't you? When I speak to young adults they all same the same thing, "It will never happen to me!". My answer to all of them is, "decrease your probability get the disease by getting the vaccine and continuing to practice safe sex". They all find me quite pedantic. .

You could have HPV, transmit it and never know you have it. But cervical cancer is real and the social impact of it is very significant on the nuclear family and society.

Incidences of Cervical Cancer in Women

Preventing Cervical Cancer

While we can't prevent all cancers we can prevent some. The question now is why you would not? It is a simple vaccination which produces antibodies to protect you from certain forms of HPV. To significantly reduce the transmission of HPV it is mandated that both males and females receive the vaccine so they do not transmit HPV. And again the question is why not?

Put the odds of a safe, successful and healthy future in your favor by getting routine screenings and if you are not infected with the HPV virus, the vaccination.

Preventing Cerical Cancer

The Myth of Safer Sex

Get the vaccine if you are not infected. If you are infected practice safe sex and monitor your health with routine check ups so if you get cervical cancer you can be treated as early as possible.

And of course always practice safe sex. The only guarantee from STDs and pregnancy is abstinence. And for those of you who believe oral sex is safe, it is not, especially from HPV. I am only showing this imagine because I know there is this myth that oral sex is safer sex. Let me prove this is a myth for your own safety..

HPV in the Mouth

In Conclusion

Originally this article was written in response to Michelle Bachmann making the claim that the HPV shot caused mental retardation? I was so completely offended that I was blinded to the seriousness of this public health crisis and how it effects sexually active individuals. The stigmatism of having this disease or preventing it is due to a lack of education so I attempted to redrafted this to provide my audience with reasons and rationales for getting the HPV shots, support for those suffering with HPV, and to support those who are also suffering from cervical cancer.

I do this with the caveat that the shots do not protect sexually active individuals from all STDs and that condomns still need to be used. I also attempted to dispell the myth that oral sex is the safer sex. This is not true especially when it comes to the HPV virus.

This is not a democratic or republican issue but a public health crisis which we now have a vaccine available for to significantly reduce the incidences of specific strands of the disease.

There is no such thing as a safer sex when it comes to STD(s). Education, vigilance, routine screenings, and vaccinations are the best tools we have today to stop the spread of HPV and prevent cervical cancer. The future health, happiness and success of my audience is very important to me.

HPV Vaccine

If You Do Not have HPV, Will You Get the Vaccine?

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    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi graceomalley,

      That is a really good explanation but it precludes the fact that eventually Republicans become sexually active other wise there would be no more Republicans.

      I appreciate your view because it is true about rape. Although I thought the rape rates were higher among men then you relayed but I am not current.

      HPV is an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease. People are not going to stop having sex. That has been around longer then there have been Democrats and Republicans. And Republicans certainly don't believe in abstinence at the national convention.

      But I get that the Tea Party has differnet values then the actual Republican Party.

      Thank you for commenting on such a controversial hub which is meant to educate our community about this horrible disease.

      Thank you once again for reading, commenting and providing feedback.


    • graceomalley profile image


      7 years ago

      This is touchy b/c HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, and there is a strong GOP base comitted to abstinence as a way to manage all troubles related to sexuality. That is the reason, and in my mind the only reason. It is idealogical.

      What this viewpoint neglects to consider is sexual abuse. Estimates are that 1 in 3 females and 1 in 5 males are raped or molested in their lifetime. Put those numbers up with 50% of the population currently infected with HPV, and you see that chastity does not protect a person from contracting HPV. -But that is what GOP antagonism to the vaccine is about.

    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi HSchneider,

      I agree that the HPV vaccine is a break through. We have so many shots that are mandatory from the measles, mumps and rubella to simple things like mengitis shots. There is absolutely NO evidence the HPV shots are harmful. The real question is why wouldn't you give your child the shots in order to end a horrific sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer?

      I think there needs to be education that the HPV vaccine only covers certain types of HPV and that it doesn't protect against all sexually transmitted disease.

      It is a medical call not a political one. I just can't fathom why the GOP has stuck their feet in their mouths collectively about this topic?

      Personally I am glad my son will grow up in a world with less HPV.

      Thank you for reading, commenting and providing feedback. This is a sensitive issue but I thought the public needed to be informed about it. Thank you for sharing our thoughts here. Your comments are valued.


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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I agree with you JT. Once again the GOP is playing to their ignorant Far Right base. It is disgusting. This vaccine is a great breakthrough. I would not make it mandatory but I would make it accessible to all children in our country.

    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Thank You Danette,

      I know it is a hard topic to write about. There is such a stigma connect with anyone who talks about it. I appreciate you reaidng the article and commenting on this. My son has had the shot as it was recommended by his doctor.

      I tackled this difficult subject matter because I wanted my audience to see how horrific of a disease it is so they would appreciate that the HPV vaccines are necessary. They will not cure all HPV(s) but some and atleats we can start to get a handle on this disease.

      It is a medical matter and not subject to debate by any politician. Politicians are such poor politicians lately they are dabbling in medicine and they need to go back to being politicians.

      I expected to get flagged for writing this hub but it was meant to be informative about how truly awful HPV is and to ask why anyone would politicize a cure to a horrific disease.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback. I feel like education is the best ammunition against the misinformation spread by GOP debate.

      Thank you once again.


    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      I don't have daughters but if I did, I would definitely get the shots for them. I did want my sons to get them but the older one was basically at the high end of the age limit and while the younger one was agreeable, he was in college and I don't think he ever did.

      And I'm like you - I have no idea why GOP or anyone is so resistant to the idea.


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