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HPV vaccine risky and without value according to Dr. Mark Flannery

Dr. Mark Flannery argues that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine given to prevent the risk of cancer associated with HPV is risky and without value.

The HPV vaccine and cervical cancer
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The HPV vaccine effects are said to last for only about five years and in a Health Impact News Daily Post dated today, Dr. Mark Flannery states that, "The problem with this vaccine is this: Even though it’s estimated 60 percent of women have the HPV virus, only 1-2 percent of the total population gets cervical cancer, and most of those women get the cancer in their 50s. If the vaccine only works for five years, is administered up to age 26, and yet most cases of cervical cancer happen to women in their 50s, the benefits of the Gardasil vaccine are questionable given the severe consequences it can cause."

The vaccine is usually administered between the ages of eight and 26.

Dr. Flannery has worked with a number of people injured by the Gardasil vaccine for HPV. As of 2013 more than 32,000 people have reported adverse effects to the Gardasil vaccine, more than 145 have died, over 1,000 are permanently disabled, and more than 6,400 have yet to recover. Dr. Flannery wrote, "The evidence shows HPV rarely proceeds to cancer and that very few women with HPV develop cervical cancer, as other risk factors are involved."

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes). Accoding to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV and some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers.

You can get HPV by having oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has the virus. You can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected making it hard to know when you first became infected. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems.

More than 30 to 40 types of HPV are typically transmitted through sexual contact and infect the anogenital region. Some sexually transmitted HPV types may cause genital warts. PositiveSingles, a trusted online dating site for people with HPV, Syphilis and other STDs in the Unted States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Europe, has information on the latest treatments for sexually transmitted infections as well as locations where someone with HPV or another STD can receive appropriate health care or find the support they need.

HIV positive women in Nigeria are actually at greater risk of developing abnormal cervical cytology and high grade lesions linked to cervical cancer, compared with non infected women according to recent new study. Cervical cancer is the most common genital tract malignancy in Nigeria. It accounts for12% of all cancers in women and early detection using the pap smear can reduce mortality from cervical cancer. Such results come from population based screening.