In 2006, the HPV vaccine Gardasil touted to prevent cervical cancer was introduced to a public generally unaware of the Human Papillomavirus or its threat to adolescent girls and women. However, the public was quickly informed of the dangers of the virus when Merck launched an aggressive advertising campaign designed to capture the attention of girls/women ages 9 to 26 with a catchy jingle and their now famous line: “One Less Girl to Get Cervical Cancer.” Adolescent girls were dancing and singing that they will be ‘one less girl’ in unison with the award-winning TV commercial.
[Leslie Carol Botha: This is a travesty. Young women having sex at an early age and are unable to get pap tests. In fact, an article came out last year saying that labs were turning away the smears of girls younger than 25 without even testing them. If a girl is going to have sex she needs to learn how to be accountable for safe sex and that is through annual exams. These girls are perhaps passing STD's around without even knowing it.
Holy Hormones Honey! Say what? Something smells very Mercky here… Pap smear procedures are relatively simple and it is really hard to believe that a medic had been doing the procedure incorrectly for 13 years. Am wondering if this is a way to diminish the importance of pap smears in favor of the HPV vaccines. Would not put that past Merck & Co.’s (the maker of Gardasil) marketing team. Fear factor has been a major part of their vaccine campaign. Don’t ya love it when doctor’s say ‘the risk is very low.? Then why are we vaccinating millions of adolescent girls?
The advice used to be simple, if not necessarily what women wanted to hear: A Pap smear every year. New cervical cancer screening guidelines released today are more detailed and precise, and may seem like the latest in a series of ever-changing and possibly confusing health care recommendations. The
Most of us have become accustomed to getting screened for cervical cancer annually. That has been pretty much the standard throughout most of our adult lives. But new guidelines suggest that many of us may not need tests that often. The new guidelines were published through collaboration by several major cancer groups, including the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.