Advertises for Gardasil on Its Home Page


Meryl Nass
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Julie Gerberding moved to Merck last month and CDC simultaneously decided to focus on cervical cancer. What a coincidence! The only cancer mentioned on CDC’s home page is cervical cancer, and a chart of cervical cancer incidence by ethnicity is the only statistical information on the home page.

CDC says, “The PAP test and HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer.” Yet there is no data to show that adding the HPV vaccine to appropriate PAP screening will prevent any more cancers than PAP screening alone. HPV vaccinations may lead young women to omit screening, if they believe Merck’s “one less” advertising slogan. Then the vaccine will increase cervical cancer rates.

CDC is quick to say that uninsured children may still be able to get HPV vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program. Government not only advertises Merck’s vaccine; it will even buy it for you!

The page fails to say anything, however, about potential adverse reactions to the vaccine, or about the remaining questions regarding efficacy and duration of effect, thought to be only about 5 years.


Now there is a marriage built on collusion.¬† Strange bedfellows.¬† Cervical cancer does not even make the CDC’s top ten list.


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.