Libertarian New Hampshire Offers Free HPV Vaccine

I was thrilled to read, over my second cup of coffee this morning, that New Hampshire is going to offer the HPV vaccine free to all girls between 11 and 18. In fact they’ve budgeted nearly $5 million for the vaccine.

What kind of conservatives are they?!

The kind that see conserving the lives of women as important! And thank goodness there are some of them around. I hope others come out of the woodwork soon. Cervical cancer is reported to be the second most frequent cancer killer of women and this vaccine can prevent most of it. Why wouldn’t any state offer it? Because some people hold the absurd belief that if you offer HPV protection to girls they’ll go about having sex willy nilly, as if HPV were the only thing they were worried about. As if pregnancy isn’t an even greater immediate concern for girls, and as if they don’t think about HIV, Herpes, and other STIs.

New Hampshire, thank you!

Meanwhile, over Thanksgiving I was talking to my aunt, a nurse in a pediatric practice, and while we were chatting about other things a commercial for Gardisil came on the TV — Comedy Central, I think. I couldn’t hear the sound, but the images were of athletic looking, strong, girls and I was really impressed that there even was a Gardisil commercial in the first place. When I asked my aunt whether her office was offering it yet, she said that they would be soon, and said that many parents were already asking for it.

Way to go parents!! Protect your daughters.

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3 responses to “Libertarian New Hampshire Offers Free HPV Vaccine

  1. Excellent news! The right decision, hope other states follow suit.

  2. Here are some interesting points that your readers might want to ask about the disease and the HPV vaccine:

    1. Having sexual intercourse even one time will transfer the virus.
    2. Cervical cancer in the undeveloped world is the leading cancer for women.
    3. About 99% of all cervical cancers are related to HPV.
    4. All HPV strains have been associated with cancer development; but some strains are much more prevalent to develop cancer.
    5. Pap Smears do not test for HPV. The Thin Prep/Digene Hybrid – II does cost slightly more but is the test for HPV.
    6. When HPV is present with some selected viral infections, progression to cancer may be quicker and capable of cancer is other areas of the body.
    7. The vaccine is not made from the HPV or dead HPV but from the antigen —chemical—that the body detects for the presence of HPV.
    8. The vaccine is not capable of developing cervical cancer.
    9. Men who have sexual contact with those that have carcinoma-in-situ have a higher rate of penile cancer than those with an HPV infection.
    10. Condoms do not protect against HPV. The virus can exist away from the semen. It can exist on the skin and on the pubic hair.
    11. HPV is the largest std in the United States. Viral infections of HPV are not required as a reportable disease to the CDC. Estimates come from agencies including the Veterans Administration, private dermatologists, and the public health services from foreign nations (Great Britain—major source of information).
    12. Head and Neck cancers are associated with many of the same strains that are associated with gential —cervical cancer, vulvar, and penile cancers.
    13. Diet is important and should not be neglected.
    14. Exercise should be encouraged even before and after carcinoma-in-situ.
    15. Some vitamins should be encouraged. Often the vitamins should be taken with water and when less stess is present.
    16. Sexual contact with older males are much more probable to deliver multi-strains of HPV. These strains are more of a problem for younger girls than girls than older women.
    17. Dangereous strains of HPV are normally subclinical—invisible to the eye. Warts are normally not strains that lead to cancer. Strains 16 and 18 are the two leading strains associated with cancer. But, even these two strains have a preference for areas of infection.
    18. HPV is not a new disease. Mummies of Egypt have been found with HPV. The strains have mutated very little which has led to the development and the confidence that the vaccines will work.
    19. Washing the hands is good advince. But, washing all areas of the body is important. Bubble baths may be the best.
    20. Ocean salts are encouraged after the removal of warts, LEEP or a conization.

    I am the author of “Are You at Risk for Cancer from HPV?”
    The book is sold by Atlas Books, Brodart, Ingram, Baker & Taylor and Powell. In Europe, the book is being sold by Gazell. Amazon.com has some new and used copies. The book may also be present at a library near you or at a university library.

  3. I need to say that I do not know enough about HPV to confirm or challenge many of Mr. Gregory’s assertions, but I would emphasize that condoms, while they can’t protect against 100% of HPV transmissions, can be very helpful in limiting exposure to HPV.

    I also hope to post soon about my friend’s so-far-successful experience of reversing her abnormal pap-smear results (attributed to HPV) by using beta mannan therapy as described on Health Science Report and attributed to Dr. Joe Glickman.