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Monday, September 04, 2006

The Truth About HPV


I've been outraged by the commercials that talk about the Human papillomavirus. Why? Because the commercials are intended to create panic among women of all ages who are being told that they should tell all their friends, moms, aunts and sisters that cervical cancer is caused by HPV.

So, what's the problem? Well, for one thing, the verbage used in these commercials lead people to believe that all cervical cancer comes from this virus. It does not.

Second, they fail to mention that the Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease. It is.


Much like the AIDS paranoia of the mid-80', this campaign is designed to do two things...
1. To get as many women as possible to spend money on the testing and pharmaceuticals used to diagnose and prevent HPV.
2. Sugar coat the dangers of promiscuous sex and promote the liberal "if it feels good - do it" agenda.


So, what's the problem? People need to take precautions, right? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? WRONG. This is no different than the days when the media fed us all a line of bull about AIDS. Like the 1985 Life Magazine cover that announced, "NOW, NO ONE IS SAFE FROM AIDS", which was designed to convince Americans that heterosexuals were as much at risk for acquiring AIDS as gays and intravenous drug users. This liberal hogwash was all about downplaying the filth that spread the disease and creating the kind of hysteria in the mainstream that makes billions for pharmaceutical companies who develop tests to rule out AIDS infection of middle aged housewives in Bismarck, North Dakota. It was a win-win situation. Take the spotlight off homosexuals and druggies while at the same time - making billions. Beautiful, isn't it?


In 1987, the CDC predicted that AIDS would be the number one killer of heterosexuals by 1991. As of right now, 15 years later, AIDS doesn't even make it into the top ten. In fact, according to the CDC, almost 70 percent of AIDS victims in America acquired the virus through homosexual sex or intravenous drug use. Only 13 percent of cases are even alleged to be through heterosexual contact. Also noted should be the fact that the recorded methods of transmission are based almost entirely on self-reports and no one who gets the virus from heterosexual sex lies and says he got it from homosexual sex or intravenous drug use, but the reverse is not true.


Now that the AIDS hysteria has died down, evidently the liberal liars need a new type of panic. The type that not only gets grandmothers and nuns to have tests for a sexually transmitted disease that they are not at risk for, but to pay for a vaccination to prevent it. The best yet, though, is the latest plug that encourages mothers and fathers all over America to take their young daughters to the doctor for a vaccination to prevent a sexually transmitted disease on the pretense that they may be preventing cancer - rather than teaching their kids that abstaining from sex is a much better path to take.


So, yeah - I'm mad as hell that the healthcare community is, once again, standing by while a major misrepresentation of facts is being perpetrated by pharmaceutical companies and the media. So, let's set the record straight....


If you have sex with someone other than your husband (or your husband is having sex outside the marriage) or you are a young person having sex outside the boundaries of a personal, lifetime commitment, you are at risk for a sexually transmitted disease that may put you at risk of developing cervical cancer. If, however, you are not doing these things - you're not going to develop HPV because it is a SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE. And it's perfectly o.k. for parents to use this as yet another example of why it's important to abstain.

26 Comments:

  • At 2:26 PM, September 11, 2006, Blogger MegLogan said…

    Amen Sister... Those commercials have pissed me off for a while now too. I mean, they are acting like this is NEW information. Which it isn't. I mean, that is why I have had a pap smear every year! (although if you are telling me it is an STD, WHY do I have a smear every year??) HPV IS what they are testing for there right?

    SHEESH, so hard to get good honest info these days. But I will say, seems like God has been faithful to give me good discernment when it comes to seeing truth!

    Mrs. Meg Logan

     
  • At 6:10 PM, September 11, 2006, Blogger P.I. Mom said…

    Meg - you should continue to have your PAP. There are a number of things they are checking for, including cancer. The long and short of it is that studies have shown that a number of women who have turned up with cervical cancer, also happen to have a sexually transmitted disease called HPV. After some more study - they determined the women had HPV - BEFORE - they had cancer....thus there is a link between the HPV and the cancer. The biggest thing that pisses me off is that they are implying that if you develop cervical cancer it's because of this virus and that's simply not true. More people develop cancer WITHOUT having the STD than women who do. SOOOOOO - if you're not likely to have an std - you don't need the test they're doling out. It's not just a PAP test - it's in addition to your PAP and if you're not at risk for STD's - you don't need the test.

    Did any of that make sense?

     
  • At 4:13 PM, September 15, 2006, Blogger MegLogan said…

    Oh thanks for clearing that up, it made alot of sense.

    Mrs. Meg Logan

     
  • At 10:43 AM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The TRUE facts regarding HPV and cervical cancer do not appear on this blog. The fact of the matter is that HPV HAS manifested itself in women who haven't had sex...actually in nuns...Do your homework competely before spreading lies. Although non-sexual transmission of this virus is so rare that it nearly needs no mention, it does happen. It is most often transmitted secually, and that too is a fact. It is not the only thing(s) that can cause cervical cancer, but it has positivly been linked as a cause. If you are a woman with HPV looking for answers please please go to the American Cancer Society web site or speak with YOUR doctor. The woman who wrote this blog is an extremist, religous ideolouge who uses common statistics to reassert that aids is only or mostly a gay/lesbian problem. Regardless of whether or not their rate of infection is higher or not, we should all be concerned with HIV, HPV, HERPES, and other sexually transmitted disease. Protected sex and limited sexual partners helps, and abstinence is the best prevention.
    Again...Please seek out REAL medical help, and refrain from putting too much stock in this blog. If this woman had it her way anyone with HPV would be shamed for life due to their "less than virtuous" ways.
    This kind of backward, overly Christain thought is dead in most parts of the country, and we are better for it.
    God Bless

     
  • At 5:33 PM, October 03, 2006, Blogger P.I. Mom said…

    Dear Promiscuous...errr I mean Anonymous...
    My "backward, overly Christian thought" is NOT dead in this or any part of the country.
    Please check your facts on the nuns with HPV and get back to us with an article or related link. I work in healthcare - I deal with these things every single day of my life. You are DEAD wrong. You can disagree with my views on AIDS and how it's spread - but YOUR type of parinoia spreading is exactly what I was writing about.
    I'd love to hear about the nuns - seriously - post a link! Show me a nun with HPV and I'll show you a nun who has been less than virtuous.

     
  • At 1:52 AM, November 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You really need to stop assuming that women who live a chaste live will absolutely not get HPV. Bad things can happen to good people. I got HPV from a rape. Are you saying I deserved that?

     
  • At 8:19 AM, November 10, 2006, Blogger P.I. Mom said…

    I never said anyone deserved it. I simply pointed out that it is sexually transmitted. You prove my point with your response.

     
  • At 2:11 PM, November 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, 70% of HIV infections globally are transmitted through heterosexual intercourse. And heterosexuals are currently becoming a major risk group.
    Also if you have a wart on your hand you can transmit it to your genitals and get HPV, that's how I got mine.

     
  • At 5:53 PM, November 13, 2006, Blogger P.I. Mom said…

    As to your first point - 70% of HIV infections globally are transmitted through heterosexual intercourse - you are correct - but unless you're having heterosexual intercourse in Africa (which represents 14X the number of HIV infections found in the United States) - you really need not worry. My statistics referred to the United States and are the latest stats released by the CDC - you remember them....the guys who keep track of this stuff???

    As for your second point...
    Warts are a SYMPTOM and as a RESULT of the virus. A common wart is not the cause of the virus. Additionally, genital warts are not the same type of warts we get on other areas of our bodies. If you had warts - it was because you had the virus - NOT the other way around. If this information was given to you by a healthcare provider (which I highly doubt), you should report him/her to the American Medical Association because the information you received was inaccurate and dangerous. If the reasoning you just gave here is a result of a fantasy you've created in your own mind to make you feel better about getting an STD...knock yourself out, but please don't distribute that information as though it is the truth. It's both irresponsible and dangerous.

    The purpose of this rant was to point out that HPV is a SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE. Nowhere will you find that this is not the case.

     
  • At 3:28 PM, November 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you. Thank you, thank you PI mom! I have been annoyed with these commercials since they came out. Here in Michigan a bill passed the State Senate that will require all sixth grade girls to get the vaccine. Unless a parent opts out. I can see vaccinating against MMR, chicken pox, whooping cough and the like.. but do they really think my child will be "catching" HPV from a classmate while sitting next to them in the classroom?! How outrageous. The bill has yet to pass the State House, but if it does, my daughters will not be getting a vaccine.

     
  • At 2:59 AM, September 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    please watch "The Other Side Of AIDS"
    its on google videos its 1:27 long

     
  • At 7:31 PM, October 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is regarding the HPV vaccine. I am a 34 year old girl who has been battleing HPV since I was 23.

    At 15 I was date raped. I never was with anyone else. Ages 19-30 I dated the same guy through college and was monogamous. He cheated. Age 26 I broke it off with him after I found out I had CIN III pre-cancer/ then dated him again due to the fact we both had HPV (not rational but I care about others and do not want to pass this). According to my dr at 23 I almost had an invasive cervical cancer. Now at 34 it has returned and I go in for surgery on Nov 9.

    I hope you understand 'mom' that your daughter can be raped or cheated on by a husband or long term (10 years) boyfriend.

    Its not a perfect world. Thanks for your thoughts but nothing can be solved by a 'if the shoe fits...wear it' world. Just my perspective.

    God bless you.

     
  • At 12:30 PM, April 09, 2008, Blogger Gayle Issa said…

    Hi -- I enjoyed reading this rather old post. I am a journalism student in NYC and I am doing a piece about the HPV vaccination at the moment for TV. I was wondering whether I could talk to you on the phone or whether you know anyone in the metro New York area I might be able to interview about this issue. My email is gayleissa@yahoo.com.

    Thanks!

     
  • At 6:49 PM, June 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Another thing, if you are having unprotected, casual sex HPV should be the LEAST of your worries.

     
  • At 12:49 AM, October 28, 2008, Blogger A Simple Sinner said…

    "The TRUE facts regarding HPV and cervical cancer do not appear on this blog. The fact of the matter is that HPV HAS manifested itself in women who haven't had sex...actually in nuns..."

    Two years later, I would LOVE to see a citation for this.

    One can't be found.

    The only reference to date I could find indicated that where cervical cancer WAS found in nuns, it is as likely as not that they were in fact sexually active at one point. (Many women who enter the convent are converts, widows, or have been sexually active...)

    see: http://plan2000.cancer.gov/resrch_prog/chap6/cervical.htm

    I have sympathy for the commentor who tells us that she was date rape and then dated a man who cheated... But I am left to ask - what level of certitude can we have that a vaccination would have helped her situation?

    Of the 30-40 strains of HPV most commonly associated with sexual transmission, the approved vaccinations are only demonstrated to be effective against FOUR.

     
  • At 10:03 AM, November 03, 2008, Anonymous Jane said…

    Not nuns, but children, even newborns, are diagnosed with HPV without suspicions of sexual abuse. The HPV virus has been found under the finger nails of people with current infections. Can you guarantee that everyone that changes your babies nappy doesn't have an infection because it just takes contact to spread a virus.

    Also, although the majority of infections clear up within a couple of years, a proportion lie dormant and emerge repeatedly in future years which suggests that it's possible for a child to be infected and then go on to show symptoms and have positive tests as an adult. I suspect that if this happens it is very, very rare, but I wouldn't rule out the possibility of none sexual transmission of HPV. Our knowledge of HPV is quite new and still growing. Why assume that we know all?

    Nonsexual transmission of anogenital warts in children: a retrospective analysis.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18060328?ordinalpos=14&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

    The seroprevalence of IgG antibodies to human papillomavirus (HPV) types HPV-16, HPV-18, and HPV-11 capsid-antigens in mothers and their children.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17607783?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

    Seroprevalence of human papillomavirus type 16 in children.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15871113?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=5&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

     
  • At 6:38 PM, December 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just want to jump in here and say that sometimes HPV can be different then what you all are saying , my husband and I are Christians and faithful to one another and have been married for 21 years and he got cancer of the throat that is HPV. I know that you may not believe this but I believe he has been faithful and that one of us had this before we got married 21 years ago. So this disease is very dangerous and while you are debating all this stuff and I believe the best way to not get it is to not have sex outside of marriage. There are also two more problems that if a person was previously married (even a widow)or parents gave it in birth or someone marries someone who is not a virgin they are at risk of getting cancer ( men in throat and women cervical) and it does happen in about 25% of throat cancers and almost 100% cervical cancer. I understand the shot is controversial and I am not sure how I feel about it and if there wasn't so many side effects I would mind getting it myself. I do not have DNA HPV from tests done but I could still have had it in the pass and my immune system fought it off. I think the HPV has the potential to far outpast HIV as 80% of sexually active people have some form of HPV ( in damage it can do to the average person) God Bless/In Christ Pam Holloway

     
  • At 4:12 PM, March 13, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Do any of you people even have a simple B.S in biology or god forbid a medical degree? Personally, I'm working on a M.S. in biology and then entering a nursing program with the intent of eventually getting another masters. "Working in the medical profession" means you push papers and maybe spent a year or two studying medical terms and billing. (I've taught your classes to pay for my degree. I know what you have to learn.) Give me a break! Get back to me when you spend ANY amount of time learning about epidemiology. People like you spread ignorance to the rest of the uneducated world that isn't aware that you lack qualifications. Hey everyone, disregard what the CDC, the FDA, and countless numbers of research scientists have said....listen to this lady!!! Don't bother responding because this is the last time I get on this website. I can feel neurons dying off as I try to make sense of what you've said. The only intelligent advice that I read was getting annual checkups with your OB/GYN. Good luck with this nonsense. Whatever the purpose is.

     
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  • At 4:07 AM, December 26, 2009, Blogger KansasCityNORML said…

    HPV is NOT trust a sexually transmitted disease. It can be given through child birth from the mother to the child during pregnancy.

    You're probably thinking "WTF?" - It's true. HPV in the vaginal area contact fluids that drastically change the transfer from mother to infant.

    I was involved in this situation and accused of sexually penetrating my son and in return he contracted HPV. Come to find out after being charged 5 counts of Sodomy and Child Neglect; we did our own research. My son was 2 when he showed signs of HPV and the only thing the doctor had to say (doctor's don't know crap, scientists do, but will the state really want to find out they made a mistake, go and look for scientific information.. no).

    If the mother of a child even has an abnormal paps mere, or even better full blown HPV gives the majority of the chances that it came from the pregnancy. Keep in mind a child could contract HPV during pregnancy and not see any results from this until the ages or 2-3. Guess what? My child laid with HPV dormant until the age of 2 1/2.

    This witchery and 'scary story telling about witches has stopped! ... or needs to! Child Welfare, Division of Family Services and even Doctors do not know everything, especially compared to scientists who would gladly research these ethical injustices to prove fools like these [government entities] wrong - they do it for the credibility and on a moral ground.

    My case was dismissed after facing LIFE in prison. Yes! They considered HPV a weapon so in my state, which of course makes penalties worse a sexually produced virus used to commit a crime using a "weapon" HPV (which is only diagnosed by observation and skin grafts.

    This is tragic! It's the judicial system and law enforcement that are fueled by catching the next case while under the influence of fame but more guile to win and do any thing to put innocent people behind bars.

    Injustice happens every day.

    Shame on those who don't sincerely look at science instead of politics. Shame on you!

     
  • At 5:05 PM, December 26, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My dear - did you have a vaginal birth? Do you understand what an STD is? Do you understand that STD's are "shared" during sexual contact is exactly the same way it was shared with your son? Your words, "HPV in the vaginal area contact fluids that drastically change the transfer from mother to infant."

    It is unfortunate that you were falsly accused, but your comment absolutely proved this blogger's point....that it is TRANSFERRED and does not just show up on its own.

    Good luck to you and your son.

     
  • At 9:23 AM, June 02, 2010, Blogger Angie's Jewelry said…

    I believe this is a harmless disease, especially considering most people have no symptoms. It is being used to make money. People who develop cancer from it, are rare ! So it is most probably not the cause of the cancer, but medical idiots believe anything they are told and try to stuff their vaccines down our throats.

    Don,t you find it suspicious that this disease was practically unheard of and suddenly there were tons of cases and not long after, poof ! they had a vaccine ! hmmmmmm

    sounds like the H1N1 flu to me.

    I will let you know if I ever develop cancer cause I have a few abnormal cells.

    By the way, our body naturally develops abnormal cells and then rids of them all by itself. In some cases it doesn't, that's when it becomes a problem.

    Why do they insist on frightening people? $$$$

    It's all about money and they are all financed by the gov, pharma and vaccine companies etc... so they are all biased.... they also refute and studies that show the contrary.

    Junk science, that's was it is.

    and oh, by the way, cancer can be cured with cannabis. Look up professor Robert Melamede.

    Not all cannabis plants make on high, as most people think.

    I've never seen a person die because they cured themselves of cancer naturally. I hear about people dieing every day in hospitals though !

    Their radiation treatments can even cause the cancer to worsen, or cause it point.

    Stay away from me !

    oh and if I want to be the oldest person in the world, I should most probably smoke as most of them are smokers, not doctors ! lol

    Smokers have additional protection against radiation, which is why they die less easily, contrary to popular though and shown in countless studies.

    I'm not saying to smoke, just some food for though .. or some smoke for though ...

    we are being lied to big time on all levels.

    please do some research.

     
  • At 9:46 AM, June 02, 2010, Blogger Angie's Jewelry said…

    actually, the FDA says that HPV is not the cause cervical cancer.

    Maybe the people below should get their own facts straight.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_HPV_Vaccine_0.html

     
  • At 6:23 PM, September 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was a virgin when I married- had not done ANYTHING with anyone, my husband had been with 2 other girls before me. Once we met, we have been faithful ever since, my HPV diagnosis came 15 years after we met.

     
  • At 3:42 PM, October 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have had an abnormal pap that my doc said was due to HPV. My boyfriend at the time (and still is my boyfriend) has a sister and a sister in law. Both of them also were told they had HPV. I had been dating my boyfriend for more than 6 months when I was diagnosed. We were both faithful and I had been getting regular paps done once a year before I was diagnosed. I am still confused where the HPV came from and if I got it from my boyfriend then why did it take months for me to get it? My boyfriends sister who has been married and faithful also got it. His sister in law also got it shortly after being married to his brother. My own mother had it in her 30's. Married for years with kids. How did she get it? I don't think doctors know everything about HPV. I don't get how I got it and don't believe for a second that my boyfriend cheated on me. If I did I would have left him years ago when my doc called me at 8 o'clock at night with the news. The doc froze my cervix and bumped my paps to every 6 months. There has never been any mention of me still having it. All my paps since the freezing have come back normal. Don't believe everything you read.

     
  • At 8:37 PM, January 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow. as a bio major and someone who has the virus and someone with common sense... HPV is a virus, just like the common cold. It doesn't go away, your immune system fights it and it lays dormant. you can only test for the virus if you are showing symptoms. there are over 100 strains of HPV. Some strains cause planter's warts on your foot, some cause pre-cancerous cells on your cervix. you know what pre-cancerous cells and warts have in common? they are just abnormal cells. don't care where they are on your body/ in your body- cut em out/ freeze em out... the virus will have them pop-up somewhere else. truth is the medical field doesn't know all the answers. grow up.

    obviously i had at least one form of HPV when i was a child because i've had planter's warts on my feet all of my life.

    should i not shake hands with people ever again for fear of their hand warts?

    should i quit my job because someone sneezed today?

    i had chicken pox as a child, so will i get shingles or herpes? (yeah, same virus)

    best you can do is research and educate yourself.

     

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