Spanish Organization Assists Young Women Adversely Affected by HPV Vaccines




AAVP  – Asociacion de Afectadas por la Vacuna del Papiloma

May 24, 2010

AAVP (Association of affected young women by HPV vaccine) is a non profit making association and its aim is to support and assist young women who have been adversely affected by the HPV vaccines and to provide them with relevant advice and information in their quest for the truth about the dangers of Gardasil and Cervarix.

The Association is made up of 18 families who have injured daughters.  It was created due to the lack of honest answers we were getting from the Spanish Health Authorities and from our members of parliament who both tried to convince us that the HPV vaccines did not cause any of the side effects which were being experienced by the young girls in our communities.

We have repeatedly asked for help from the Spanish Health Authorities and also from the Prime Minister, Mr Rodiguez Zapatero requesting an investigation into the HPV vaccines and the side effects which are being experienced.  We have also requested an interview with the Health Minister, Mrs Jiménez García Herrera but we have not had any acknowledgement of our requests.

In July 2009, we presented a Moratory of the HPV vaccine to the Valencian Community Health Council.  Furthermore on 23rd December 2009, we presented more than 9,500 signatures of people who supported us and asked that the side effects the girls were suffering should be recognised by Health Authorities throughout Spain.

The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Sanitary Products (AEMPS) informed us that up until 15th September 2009 there had been 508 reports of suspected adverse reactions associated to HPV vaccines. Nobody told us that our daughters could experience symptoms such as: joint/muscle pains, loss of vision, paralysis, headaches, syncope, seizures, dizziness, nausea, chronic fatigue…among others. The great paradox we face up to now is that the adverse reactions our Health Authorities have denied are included not only in the Technical leaflet of the product -which has been modified on several occasions – but also in the trials.

The Spanish Health Authorities’ careless attitude cannot be justified by claiming ignorance because our daughters have not been the only ones, nor the first ones who have suffered adverse reactions after being vaccinated with Gardasil or Cervarix.  In the USA, Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand there are already reported thousands of adverse reactions – to be precise, within VAERS there have been as of today’s date around 18,000 adverse reactions, 71 deaths and 272 abnormal pap smear tests after HPV vaccine.

That is what made us start working together with “Truth About Gardasil”, a group of women who are working together around the world to inform and educate the general public of the dangers and risks of these vaccines.

From AAVP we report the following facts:

  1. The long term efficacy of the vaccine has not been tested.
  2. Parents have not been informed about the risks of this vaccine; there have been thousands of adverse reactions and some of these have been so serious as to have left young women handicapped or some have died.
  3. We believe that the use of this vaccine must be done only with informed consent and complete information being provided of the benefits and risks of the HPV vaccines.
  4. The decision to be vaccinated has to be taken by the women or by the parents of young girls.
  5. We believe that exaggerated advertising will create confusion among women´s understanding of what Gardasil offered them. We think women and parents should be informed of the following facts:
  • This vaccine does not prevent cervical cancer, in the best cases it protects against 4 HPV strains and there are 100 strains.
  • Most women who are infected with the highest risk HPV strains do not develop cervical cancer, since 90% of infected people are clear of them in less than 2 years.
  • HPV vaccines will not protect them for life.
  • They can get other HPV infections that lead to cancer that are not covered by the HPV vaccines.
  • Women need to continue to have Pap tests throughout their lifetime.
  • There are serious adverse events, including death, associated with HPV vaccines. Pap smears do not kill or handicap and are an effective tool to prevent cervical cancer. According to Dr Diane Harper – HPV expert- Pap smears prevent more cervical cancers than can the vaccines alone.
  • The advertising campaign was designed to incite the greatest fear possible in parents to vaccinate their daughters.

The governments of the world and our health authorities would have you believe that the risks outweigh the benefits.  Yet the effect that will be gained from the HPV vaccines cannot be determined for many years to come as cervical cancer does not usually affect the young and as the duration period of both of these vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, still has not reached a long term figure, then it may well be that booster shots and other vaccines will have to be produced to top up what has been started.  This is not what we were led to believe as many of our people around the world think that these vaccines will protect a young woman for life.  This is just not true.  What is true is that it appears our young girls are part of a huge “experimental” programme – and that is why we work together for the safety of our daughters.

Alicia Capilla
Vice-President AAVP


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.