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I've been watch this for several years, and figured it would be at least another 5 years before it might get approval.

I can't see this glass as being half full at all. This is almost as important as the first polio virus vaccinations. Total protection is not perfected but it will be only a few years till the other viruses are included.

In a few years girls will get just another shot and gyno visits won't be a major dread, but just another minor check up, as cervical cancer becomes a disease of the past.

a.m.

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Why only up to 26yr olds? What about us 28yr olds? My bf had precancerous cells removed from her cervix just a few months ago. Would she be eligable for the vaccine? What about those that already have hpv? Or have already had a round of cervical cancer? I'd like some answers to those questions from the drug maker and fda.

Croix

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Heya,

1. The appropriate punishment for sex is NOT cancer.

1b. That goes for rape, incest, fun with boys, marriage bed, blabla.

2. Girls should be vaccinated from birth to twenties, or whatever age mature-minor kicks in.

3. We've been hearing about this for years. So relieved it's coming now.

4. The word is that within the year we'll have it, although up to individual provinces whether it's covered or not.

5. Yay Merck, yay GSK, oh hell, yay anyone who saves people from infections that kill.

And, free pens please.

--ncc--

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Heya Croix,

Not approved here yet so I don't know what nonsense *our* government will come up with.

No reason I can see why not all those cases you describe.

It seems to me (like most immunizations) that the government pays for whatever it thinks is ... well, expedient.

This is really stupid (a colleague of mine counted the number of times I said "stupid government" in one shift and it was ... a large number).

I'm just buying whatever I can't get (like HepAB) that I'm not covered for.

Even all monogamous as we are, we're damn well getting HPV vaccine when it comes, and if HIV vaccine comes, that too.

Sorry Croix, I haven't answered your Q, but I think it's a case of what some bureaucrats think is expediant.

Someone else likely has a less-soapy more-on-topic paragraph around.

--ncc--

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I've been following the development of this vaccine for the last few years, as a good friend of mine was having a lot of HPV cervical issues. Up until last year there was a lot of discussion about making it available to men as well as women. (And that was part of the rationale for including vaccination against HPV-6 and 11.) But this seems to not be on the radar any longer. Does anyone know when/why the decision was made to limit it to women?

~cache-monkey

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Why only up to 26yr olds? What about us 28yr olds? My bf had precancerous cells removed from her cervix just a few months ago. Would she be eligable for the vaccine? What about those that already have hpv? Or have already had a round of cervical cancer? I'd like some answers to those questions from the drug maker and fda.

Croix

It's only approved for females age 9-26 (or something like that) because that was the demographic on which it was tested. It's not FDA approved for men because they haven't tested it on men. It's not FDA approved for people older than 26 because they haven't tested it on people older than 26. it's a prophalactic vaccine, so it's not effective on people who already have HPV. It is effective against a few other strains of HPV though, that the person isn't already infected with.

you can find all that through the gardasil web site. I was just reading about it because I'd like to get the vaccine. I'll gladly pay for it if the doctor lets me. Many women have HPV and I don't want to get it, and then have to worry about passing it on to someone else... nor do I want warts on my dick... nor do I want to have to have an STD conversation whenever I meet a girl I like. sounds worth-the-money to me. hopefully it will become available to men eventually.

I assume by "bf" you mean "gf?" :-P

-b

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i'm just here to complain that 28-yr-olds are too old for this vaccine. i've never had an HPV-positive test and it would be a good prevention for anyone who is in my catagory. age shouldn't be a barrier to getting a vaccine. you can get this infection at any age, why not the prevention? this just doesn't make sense.

RANT

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Hi All,

What is really sad about this is a story i saw on the news this weekend. some mother was complaining that she didnt want to tell her 10 year old daughter about sex. and how this vaccine was related to HPV - a possible std. so, the mother was not going to auth the vaccine until her daughter was older & could understand sex.

(I dont fully believe that HPV is only a STD...but thats a post for another time).

(AND I think children should be taught age appropriate knowledge about the body & sex. sure a 9 yo girl probably thinks a boy's penis is disgusting...well, at least i did ;) )

and Im like if my children were alive, i would want to protect them from EVERYTHING. so, the kids would definitely get this vaccine. there is age appropriate discussion...like for a 9 yo who may not know all the "ins & outs" of sex & STD's....you could still explain its to prevent disease & cancer.

i think most 9 yo have a clue that the words "disease" and "cancer" are bad things...even if they dont know what it does to the body.

this story about UNDERprotective mother pissed me off so much...i just havent had internet access to comment until tonight.

YAH for vaccines!!

december

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i had my annual exam today and my nurse said that by the time you're 28 they think you've been exposed to all the strains anyway, so it won't do you any good. what about virgins? what about lucky people? i don't know if it hurts people to have this vaccine if they've been exposed already. if not, then why not vaccinate? maybe it could save some people some cervical damage and worse.

yeah, i'm with december, i support whatever is going to save lives and save people from bodily harm. as ncc says, cancer is not an appropriate punishment for having fun with boys.

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