New STD Study

This infuriates me:
Study: 1 in 4 teen girls has an STD.

Do you know why that is? Basically because CDC has been in my opinion, extremely lax and lazy, and because Christian groups suck.

Let me explain.

The primary STD in question is HPV, human papillomavirus. It has been widely known for some time that it poses a significant health risk, mainly as a cancer-causing agent (according to one study, a TEN TIMES greater cancer risk than smoking).

Think about that, the marketing around the dangers of smoking, vs. the marketing around the dangers of HPV.

It can also TURN YOU INTO A TREE but that’s very rare.

However, there has been little in the way of efforts to increase awareness about HPV. So most people have never heard of it, and if they have, it’s probably from a drug company ad, not any sort of medical group getting the word out.

There is a vaccine for HPV, but Christian groups seem to think that STDs are God’s punishment for premarital sex, and therefore giving a vaccine to a young girl is an abomination. This is because they are all, quite frankly, hicks, in the worst sense of the word. Fucking retarded hicks.

But that’s only half the problem. You see, the CDC and medical community has a vaccine for women, but not one for men. HPV also can cause cancer in men, but THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE A TEST AVAILABLE FOR MEN.

Yes, that’s right. They have ignored fully HALF of the population. The vaccine for women would PROBABLY work for men as well, but we don’t know, because IT’S NEVER BEEN TESTED ON MEN.

Not only that, but if men ask about HPV they are basically patted on the head and told not to worry about it, despite direct evidence that it causes cancer in men.

Talk about your gender bias.

The CDC, AMA, and medical community in general need to shape up, in a major way.
Right now, when it comes to HPV, they are doing a marginal job for 50% of the population, and a truly, truly abysmal (one might even say criminal) job for the other 50%.

4 thoughts on “New STD Study”

  1. Whoah?

    Always thought there was fuzzy math going on with those STD stats but now this makes sense – clearly HPV was included but who knew?

    So, you going back to yer “girls are icky” mantra? 😉

    Seriously, this is messed up.

  2. Hmm. Interesting. Dan and I saw the news bite about that on the evening news & he asked me if that meant the boys were infected also. I said I didn’t know…maybe they were just carriers. Obviously not correct. On the other hand, according to statistics given by CDC, 50% of the adult sexually active population are infected with this disease. I guess they are more concerned with girls because the incidence of cervical cancer is more prevalent than penis cancer. I personally know of a number of women who’ve died of cervical cancer (your grandmother and aunt, among others) but don’t know any men who’ve had penis cancer. That isn’t to say there shouldn’t be more be more education and attention given to men. (I have to confess being pretty ignorant about STDs myself, but then I don’t think I’m at much risk now.)


    1. True, but since there has been little to no HPV testing on men, it could turn out that HPV is a major factor for prostate and testicular cancer. Who knows? Hard to find out when there’s no test for men.

  3. Yeah, who knows? There’s so much in medicine that is unknown and so many amazing things going on now, like people being able to grow back pieces of fingers and such, or cord blood enabling kids to walk and talk who couldn’t do those things before. But I did get a shock when I read about HPV because is sounded so much like “intraductal papilloma” which I had. It’s only a small benign growth in a milk duct, but they don’t know what causes that either. So many mysteries. While not life threatening, warts on the penis do sound a bit untidy.

    love J.

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