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  1. Regan DuCasse
    February 17, 2010

    So this means that young boys should get this vaccine the way it was touted that young girls should.

    Oh boy, that’s sure going to go over well won’t it?
    At least GARDISIL vaccinations are there and hooray for medical breakthroughs!

    I wonder just how many ads are going to advise that ALL children should be vaccinated?
    And I wonder how many people will protest the idea?

    Wait and see…

  2. Chris McCoy
    February 18, 2010

    Heterosexual boys, as the primary vector for this disease, should be vaccinated regardless.

  3. Regan DuCasse
    February 18, 2010

    Chris, I concur absolutely. After all, if the point is that women get cervical cancer from HPV, then they are getting the virus from hetero men.

    I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it on this site, but trying to give historical context to STD’s is VERY difficult, especially among faith communities that only want to indict gay men regarding HIV/AIDS.

    I remind (especially religious) conservatives that syphilis was the AIDS of it’s time and a plague among mankind for CENTURIES. Tracking if or when it traveled from Europe to the Americas and Africa and infected those populations isn’t quite in dispute, but certainly syphilis was very similar in how long it stayed in it’s victims and their interim suffering. The spread had nothing whatsoever to do with sexual orientation, but apparently that means nothing to those determined to ‘blame the gays’ for HIV.

    There is also the factor of populations that were considered of no value to our society and the distrust and abuses of the medical establishment that made it difficult for those most affected to want or trust medical intervention.

    Poor blacks, and gay men in particular again share this history of being neglected and abused. The Tuskeegee Experiment was revealed about the time that HIV was being discovered in France and in a few cities here.

    This was also close to the time that gays and lesbians weren’t automatically institutionalized or imprisoned for homosexuality.
    In a way, the legal and sexual freedom of gays and lesbians also came at the unfortunate time that HIV was introduced into the population.

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic was a tragic confluence of socio/political issues and the wildfire couldn’t be contained.

    And despite all this, there are certain people who, rather than participate in the funding and research that FIGHTS HIV/AIDS, or even praying that such a devastating disease goes the way of syphilis and HPV that there is either a vaccination or cure, they’d rather see the consequences of sex (just as they attack non procreative sex), than understand that important medical interventions that ease suffering IS morally sound and a gift from committed and brilliant medical researchers and doctors.

    We live in a fortunate age where treatment for all kinds of scary diseases is very effective.
    Especially for people who take information and education to heart in proactive lifestyles.

    I think is beyond despicable that so much FEAR is the foundation of religious belief, even the fear of education that can save lives in the tangible sense.

    But the MISINFORMATION that put people at risk, such as that ONLY gay people get AIDS, or that condom use or vaccinations are not to be trusted is unforgivable insanity.

  4. David
    November 11, 2011

    Is it .35% or .035%?

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