In numerous countries, including the United Kingdom and the USA, girls aged between 12 and 13 years old are receiving the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is often referred to as the “cervical cancer jab”. Only girls receive the HPV vaccine. However, there is a HPV vaccine for men, but this is generally only given in terms of preventing genital warts and other common HPV symptoms in men who have reduce immune systems or other health issues. This is because HPV can cause cervical cancer, one of the female cancers. The vaccine is delivered in three batches over the course of 12 months, generally in school. The vaccine offers protection for a period of six years.
What Is HPV?
HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. This virus affects the membranes found in the throat, the mouth, the anus and the cervix. Often, HPV is transmitted sexually. It is important to understand that HPV is a family of viruses, with some being more dangerous than others. Some common symptoms of HPV includes verruca’s and warts, but it is also a main cause of cervical cancer. If fact, 99% of cervical cancers occur in people with a history of the dangerous types of HPV.
The HPV Infection
The most common way for a HPV infection to be transmitted is through any type of skin contact. It is so common that 80% of people have been infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Most of these do not notice any symptoms. It is also possible to have multiple HPV infections, particularly when considering that over 100 different HPV types exist. Forty of these affect the genital area in particular and are transmitted through sexual contact.
The HPV Vaccination Controversy
Generally, with any type of vaccination, controversies immediately start occurring and this one is no different. However, there are some particularly strange things about this vaccine. One of the main issues is that all young girls between the ages of 12 and 13 will be vaccinated. This means some 1.8 million young girls. Out of these, 400 will be saved by not getting cervical cancer. This seems a negligible amount. The second issue is that cervical cancer develops generally after the age of 30 and the HPV vaccine will cease to work once the girls reach the age of 18 to 19.
Another serious potential problem with the HPV vaccine is its ingredients. One of the ingredients in the vaccine is sodium borate. If you have any chemical knowledge, you will know that this is rat poison. Some have also reported that an ingredient in HPV is mercury, which can cause fertility issues in women.
So which side of the fence are you on? Do you hope your child is one of the 400 who actually gets “saved” by the vaccine? Do you take the chance to inject your daughter with rat poison? Or do you hope your daughter will be one of the 1,799,500 women who don’t get cervical cancer as a result of a HPV infection?