Women, Sexuality, and the HPV Vaccine Part 3

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  1. kirk says:

    Thank you for writing about the HPV vaccine. On June 1, 2008 our 23 yr. old daughter Kristen died after a courageous year-long fight against HPV caused cervical cancer. My wife and I are very passionate about raising the visibility of HPV, cervical cancer screening, and the HPV vaccines. The vaccine would have led to a different outcome for Kristen.

    This year more than 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States. Almost 4,000 will die of this preventable disease.

    The National Cancer Institute determined through a survey that only 20% of American women have heard of its link to cervical and several other cancers. Most people are not familiar with the DNA based HPV test like Roche’s cobas 4800 which can detect all of the dangerous HPV 16 and 18 strains. These strains will cause cervical cancer and aggressive oral cancers.

    Many do not understand the importance of the HPV vaccinations made by Merck and GSK which will prevent HPV 16 and 18 infections. If you are under 26 you should talk to your doctor about getting a Pap test and vaccination. If you are 30 or older you can request an HPV test with your Pap test.

    We are trying to prevent any more Kristen experiences.

    For more info visit Kristen’s website at http://www.kristeneve.org.

    Kirk Forbes

  1. 11th December 2012

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