HPV Vaccine Cuts Cases of Genital Warts

Comment from Leslie – Have seen these headlines for a couple of days and thought to myself – I know that is not true…too many Gardasil Girls have reported more genital warts – and not only that two years after receiving the vaccine some are reporting cervical lesions – precursors to cervical cancer.¬†¬† I finally read through the article and found out where the problem lies…and it as in the last paragraph – highlighted below.

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Study Shows Positive Impact of HPV Vaccination Program Among Young Women

By Bill Hendrick
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Oct. 15, 2009 — Use of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has led to rapid declines in cases of genital warts in Australia, a study shows.

Gardasil, the vaccine used in the Australian study, targets four HPV types. HPV types 6 and 11 are associated with genital warts; types 16 and 18 are associated with cervical cancer.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne analyzed numbers of new clients with genital warts who went to Australia’s largest sexual health clinic between 2004 and 2008.

Australia started a free HPV vaccination program for girls 12 to 18 in schools and for women 26 and younger in family doctor practices and community clinics in April and July 2007.

During the study period, 36,055 people visited the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre; a diagnosis of genital warts was made in 10.6% of them.

The researchers say the number of women under age 28 diagnosed with genital warts fell 25% each quarter throughout 2008. From 2004 to 2007, new cases of genital warts rose about 2% per quarter in women under 28.

The number of new cases of genital warts also fell by an average of 5% each quarter among heterosexual men through 2008. No reduction was seen in homosexual men or women outside the age group eligible for the free vaccination.

The researchers, led by C. K. Fairley, MD, write that the results suggest that sharp and marked reductions in the incidence of genital warts among vaccinated women may be achievable through an HPV vaccination program. Also, the research supports the notion that the vaccine would offer some benefit to heterosexual men.

Several of the scientists involved in the research reported financial stakes in the manufacturer of Gardasil or had received research money from it.

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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.