Human papillomavirus vaccine not getting to enough women

Using technology, such as using cell phone short messaging services or SMS, it could awareness and increase the rate of vaccination. Pilot versions of the program have already been implemented. The program involve sending a daily message for a week to participant’s phone to get the word out about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.

Health Jackal

November 12, 2010

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is actually a family of viruses that cause everything from common skin warts to genital warts, and then certain strains of it actually can lead to cervical cancer. HPV vaccines were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Although the new vaccine reduces the risk of a person developing the disease, more women are turning down the three-dose vaccine.

Researchers at the University of Baltimore medical center surveyed 10,000 women between the ages of 9 and 26 to find out which women were getting the HPV vaccine. Of those eligible to get the vaccine, only 27% chose to do so.

Other variants of the HPV virus can cause the common wart on a person’s skin to genital herpes. Early detection was once the most effective weapon against the disease. Doctors had problems getting women in resource-poor areas to undergo the procedure.

Even women who decided to take the vaccine were not fully protected. Only one-third of the women who got the vaccine went through the full treatment. Unless the recipient receives the full dosage, the protection she receives is inadequate to protect her.

There are two HPV vaccines are sold in the U.S.. Gardasil, approved in 2006 for girls aged 9 and up, protects against four types of HPV, two of which cause approximately 70% of cervical cancers globably.

Cervarix, which covers the two strains of the virus responsible for most cases of cervical cancer, was approved in 2009.

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So do you call unwanted messages on your phone – an inconvenience or propaganda…harassment for a virus that passes through a woman’s body in 2 years….and for a virus (HPV) that has not been proven to cause cervical cancer (National Cancer Institute)


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.