Counseling helps patients start and complete HPV shot regimen

American Medical News

Only 30% who begin the three-dose vaccine series actuallycomplete it, a new study says.

By Christine S. Moyer, amednews staff.
Posted Nov. 23, 2010.

Educating female patients age 9 to 26 about the human papillomavirus vaccine could help bolster their protection against cervical cancer, the author of a new report says.

Only about a third of young women who begin the three-dose HPV immunization series recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually complete it, according to a study presented Nov. 9 at a meeting of the American Assn. for Cancer Research in Philadelphia.

Women 18 and older, black women and black teenagers were among the least likely to receive all the suggested doses.

The findings indicate that large numbers of teenagers are unprotected or underprotected from strains of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer, said lead study author J. Kathleen Tracy, PhD.

Infection from the human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., affecting at least 50% of sexually active men and women at some point in their lives, the CDC said. Cervical cancer is usually caused by the virus, according to the National Cancer Institute. This year, an estimated 12,200 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,210 will die from it, the NCI said.

“If we really want people to initiate getting the vaccine, health care providers have to create systematic strategies for how to discuss the HPV vaccine with women” who are eligible for it, said Tracy, assistant professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. “When a woman decides to get the vaccine, doctors need to communicate the importance of getting all the doses and continuing Pap smear” screening.

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This is nonsense…..another form of coercion and propaganda…
First of all the girls who are reacting to the vaccine are already being told their problems are all in their head.¬† Last week I posted an article suggesting that text messages as vaccine reminders may be sent to adolescent girls….and now they want to “counsel” girls into continuing the series? As a parent would you allow this?

Especially in light of the fact that clinical trials on Gardasil showed that 73.3% of all girls who received the shot developed “new medical conditions.” That document is posted on this blog under “Resources and Sources.”¬† Read it for yourself – it even lists all of the adverse reactions in the trial.

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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.