November 13, 2010
This blog entry was originally a number of comments at Huffington-Post researched and posted in late August 2010. You can find them by looking here.
And “FDA reports also state that 73.3% of women getting Gardasil will develop a ‘new medical condition.” The last claim is really funny, but you have to read through this article to find the joke.
I strongly believe that anyone reading anything should consider the plausibility of the claim. How likely is that these numbers 44.5% with Gardasil and 32.5% with Cervarix, even if accurate mean “The FDA knew that the many women who were already infected with HPV would double their risk of cancer if they got vaccinated, but approved the vaccine anyway.”
I’ve been able to track down all three numbers. Not surprisingly, the people who license vaccines are not insane.
The Gardasil document in question is VRBPAC Background Document Gardasil™ HPV Quadrivalent Vaccine May 18, 2006 at pages 13 to 15. It is a pdf file, so best to save to a file.
I don’t know where the story originated. Natural News provides the misleading information in some detail in a 2008 story.
Much more egregious is that the number got used in this quote in a news release.
Vaccinating a woman infected with vaccine-relevant types of HPV with Gardasil® may enhance the risk of developing precancerous cervical lesions by 44.6%, as detailed in the study supporting Gardasil® approval.
It is egregious because it is a press release from a company run by Dr. Lee, a respected pathologist and PCR expert, who is currently suing the FDA (so far unsuccessfully) to get his HPV test classified as a class II device. Dr. Lee appeared on Botha’s radio show in August 2010. Dr. Lee. He is pushing women to get tested for HPV infection before they get vaccinated. See
So what’s the truth? On the face of it, it is bizarre. Getting infected with various HPV strains (even those that cause cancer) is normally no big deal. You get infected, your body clears the infection through the immune system and you are OK. The problem is in the small percentage of those infected who can’t clear the infection, who are persistently infected. Remember that a vaccine stimulates the immune system the same way a natural infection does. So if you are currently infected with a strain of HPV, you would already have antibodies to that strain so you would not expect that the vaccine would have any effect at all if they are currently infected.