Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A View Of The Other Side Of The Cure

Remember my post the other day about my cervical cancer scare? Well, as I was surfing the web during my down time here at work, I came across an interesting commentary about a possible backlash against the cervical cancer vaccine. Seems as though there are some evangelical conservatives who want to block approval of the vaccine because of fears that it will promote promiscuity.

Can you believe such a thing? The idea of allowing women to suffer needlessly and help prevent the spread of the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world in an attempt to stop people from having sex is preposterous. This vaccine is about stopping a deadly form of cancer, not trying to use government offices to legislate morality. This vaccine is about women having more control over their reproductive health , not about living in fear of contracting a preventable cancer due to moral judgment on their private lives.

If there were a vaccine that could help stop HPV in men, I wonder if there would be a similar backlash?

Fight for your rights, ladies. More to come later.

Update (6/22): The good news is that the FDA decided to ignore the moralistic bull and approve the vaccine for immediate use. The bad news is that the cost of the vaccine is so high, some insurance companies and many low-income, underinsured, and uninsured women may not be able to have access to it. The hypocritical news is that erectile dysfunction medications - helpful but not medically necessary - are readily available and covered by many insurance carriers, including Medicaid and Medicare. Oppression comes in many forms, y'all. We may have come a long way ladies, but we have a long way to go. Continue to fight for equal protections and equitable medical coverage.

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