Gardasil For Boys: FDA Recommends Controversial Vaccine
Posted Sep 11 2009 10:50pm
The FDA is recommending Gardasil for boys, saying in a memo that it seems to be safe and effective in preventing genital warts in young men and boys. And guess what! None of the boys tested got cervical cancer! Kidding.
On the CBS news segment, Dr. Holly Phillips also seemed pleased with the new Gardasil recommendation, saying that,
The vaccine cuts down on genital warts, and although those may not be life-threatening, they can certainly be embarrassing.
Soo …we should give our boys the Gardasil shot to prevent their pride being wounded by treatable genital warts? Might teaching them to use protection– which we should do in any case for anyone who receives this vaccine –also protect them from embarrassing STDs?
Later in life, there is also a connection with HPV and throat and anal cancer.
That statement interested me. We could reduce the risk of not just one cancer, but three? Turns out, of the 1,479,350 estimated cases of cancer this year, less than 5,300 of them are cases of anal cancer. The rate of throat cancer is higher, but smoking is the big culprit in those 12,610 cases.
Huh. Sounds like boys getting the shot to prevent these two types of cancers is right up there with circumcising a boy for the 2% risk of penile cancer he’ll someday have.
But what about cervical cancer? If both males and females are vaccinated against HPV, won’t it protect most women against cancer? Well, not exactly.
Second, we don’t know how long Gardasil is actually effective for. If we give 3 shots to middle school kids, will they be protected once they hit their wild college years?
No word yet on how long-term these studies were. Why might that be an issue? Because recently, one of the top researchers of Gardasil, someone who was very involved in promoting the vaccine, spoke out against it.