Spreading the news of the cervical cancer vaccine

Most will learn this important public health information from the drug company:

The scientists and researchers who made and tested these incredibly promising vaccines will probably not be deciding the best way to educate men and women about cervical cancer, or how to plan for affordable global distribution that is now, more than ever, the right thing to do.

Regrettably, some of those decisions have already been made — in pharmaceutical company boardrooms — and we can now see the opening act of another sophisticated “ask your doctor” advertising campaign on the evening news. This one begins with a well-dressed, hip young woman who reflects, while contemplating the middle distance: “There’s a common virus that can cause cancer? I didn’t know that!”

Maybe she didn’t. But here, where public health was born, and where the knowledge that HPV causes cancer has been around for almost two decades, it’s a crying shame she has to learn it from a drug company.

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  • Anonymous

    Alot of women don’t know that cervical cancer is caused from HPV or that HPV is sexually transmitted. They also won’t believe it when they find it out. Women in our society are weird about that.

    They do not make a connection to having their pap tests too having anything to do with having sex.

    All these women that have had dysplasia don’t want to know how they got it. Because for most, only dirty, nasty, street people would ever get something sexually transmitted.

    This is going to be real interesting. Women who have had cancer or dysplasia, or who get it, will not be telling anyone about it like they have in the past.

  • sailorman

    It’s really a fisaco that we won’t be giving it out to everyone. It doesn’t make public health sense at all given the relative issues facing the women. I have a considerably detailed post called “HPV Insanity” if you’re curious.