On January 17, 2007 I posted an article titled HPV Vaccine: Mandatory for Teenagers or Not? to this blog. The article discusses the Merck vaccine against HPV called Gardasil. In this article, I stated:
"Let’s talk turkey about a tough subject—the incredible incidence of sexually transmitted disease among Americans. HPV is a serious sexually transmitted disease. Some strains of it cause about 70% of cervical cancers. HPV is rampant among Americans. For the facts, see a 1-page FAQ sheet from the American Social Health Association.
"In June 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil®, a vaccine by Merck and Company to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts caused by certain types of HPV. The vaccine is licensed for use in girls and women ages 9-26 years. In clinical trials Gardasil was shown to be nearly 100% effective at blocking persistent infection and disease with the “high-risk” HPV types responsible for 70% of cervical cancers (HPV 16 and 18) and the “low-risk” types (HPV 6 and 11) associated with 90% of genital warts."
Dr. Moira Dolan has published an essay titled: Not So Miraculous: Telling the Truth About the New Vaccine Gardasil®–Does it Prevent Cancer? A Guide for Informed Consent. You may read it here.