Thursday, February 22, 2007

To the Morons Who Think a Cancer Vaccine Promotes Sex in Teens...

So there's this controversy going on in states all across the country. You've probably heard about it: the HPV vaccine, a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer in women caused by a virus that is transmitted sexually. In fact, 50% of all cases of cervical cancer are caused by this virus. And now there is a vaccine that will prevent 50% of cancer cases.

But there is this shouting--very annoying, ridiculous shouting, if one must be honest--from the right-wing, crying out, "This sends the message that premarital sex is okay!"

I guess they must have cried the same thing when the chicken pox vaccine came out, right? "This promotes the touching of other people! This promotes premarital sex!"

For people who are so against sex, they sure do think about it a lot, don't they?

Let me ask you: Whether or not your teen "plans" on having sex before marriage anyway, what's to say their spouse also stayed "virginal" before marriage? (Odds are not good; of course, odds are that even if you think your teen is still a virgin, they aren't...) So even if your child stay "clean" until marriage, they could still get the virus--and still get cancer, cancer you could have prevented. But you were to worried about your daughters cherry instead of the agonizing, painful cancer that you had the power to prevent. This is like saying mandatory seat-belt wearing encourages reckless driving (and if you have a study that says it does, I'd like to see it).

Should the vaccine be mandatory? I'm not sure--there should be plenty of studies on the dangers, adverse reactions, chances of actually getting the disease to be vaccinated against... There are a lot of considerations. I think parents should have the option of when to vaccinate their kids, but when does this become child endangerment? Much like those sects and cults of the population that believe in prayer but put no stock at all in medicine (like Jehovah's witnesses and blood transfusions), or believe that medicine has no value whatsoever, they are endangering their child! So where's the line to be drawn? I'm not sure...

Regardless, this is a vaccine against CANCER. The big C word. All of us have been affected by the big C, whether ourselves, a friend, a family member--no one's life is entirely free from it. And now there is hope against one of the many forms the big C takes... Let's see, which is the bigger concern...

You can teach your child abstinence until your blue in the face--there's no guarantee they'll stay that way. And if you don't teach your kid about safe sex, you're practically ensuring that they'll either come home pregnant or with a disease when they do have sex... And then where will you be? Are you telling me that not having sex is more important than preventing a disease that could end your child's life? So what if the virus is sexually transmitted--why do you have to tell your child that? Tell them it's a shot to prevent certain types of cancer to her lady-parts--end of discussion! You silly morons think everything revolves around sex, when this isn't about sex at all--it's about preventing cancer. Are you willing to look your child in the face 10 to 20 years down the road, and tell them why they now have cancer? Because you were to concerned about sex to worry about cancer? Really?

Stupid idiots. Fine, let your kids get cancer. Watch them go through surgery, chemo, perhaps death--and then think about how you might have prevented this death by getting your head out of your ass...

7 comments:

FCSuper said...

This vaccine is very expensive. It will be many years before the patent expirers. I would say that until there's pharmo reform or the patent expires, it should not be required, but nor should it be blocked.

mom said...

hello jason! i heard about this vaccine. i do think its a great idea that they have this and maybe it will lead to other vaccines to cure other cancers. but to touch on what you said about teaching your kids i am here to say that know matter what you try to teach your kids they have their own will and will do what they want. no way of keeping teens from anything and that does go for adults also! (come to think of it at any age people don't want to listen to anything! can you tell i had 5 of you little rug rats?) :) if i could of i would of put all of you in a closest and throw snack cakes and water in as you needed it to keep you kids from harm. :) :) but thats how we learn what is good for us and what is not good for us and sometimes some of us are just too stupid to know better. :) but about the vaccine i think it is a good idea and i am hoping they did enough studies on this. i know with all those vaccines you all had when you were tiny babies all had side effects and in some it can be really bad and lead to death. but when you look at the big picture most vaccines are a good thing since when you look at what the vaccine is taking care of the illness is far worse. i know nanny z. had polio when she was young and if alive today she would of been all about getting the vaccine. (she didn't have the vaccine against polio in her day.) i did hear dr. tim johnson (good morning america show) say he thought it was a great idea and i like him and i think if he said its fine thats almost like God saying thats fine. :) snort :) all any of us can do with all these drugs and vaccines is to hope (and i pray) they all do what they are supposed to do to keep us as healthy as we all can be. like any of these things there are side effects with any of them and its something we just have to deal with. i know my stomach is all messed up because of all the drugs i was on before they actually found out why i was having so much pain. thank goodness i am off those drugs and acting normal. :) no smart remarks from the peanut gallery! :) my stomach isn't normal anymore but i am! and i am now taking a drug for my stomach. this is a good thing for me. this is getting long and you know how i hate long blogs!! :) snort snort :) love and prayers

Anonymous said...

Apparently there are many side effects being found due to this vaccine - so maybe it is not such a great idea after all. Maybe abstinence is the answer.

Jason Hughes said...

What, pray tell, are these "many" side effects that are coming to light? From several sources, I found the side effects to be: mild soreness at the injection site, itching, swelling, and redness at injection site, nausea, fever, and dizziness. All of these side effects are common in any vaccination. These side effects are also commonly known both by the drug companies and the doctors administering the vaccination. This is why it is recommnded you wait 15 minutes after the shot before leaving the doctors office.

But you must be right, I mean, itching, soreness and fainting are much worse than possibly dying of cancer, right?

Do me a favor--stay abstinent.

sylvia said...

Ok, Ja...I had to post a comment here.
As you and everyone else in the family knows...I've had cancer. Know, it wasn't cervical...But, if they had a drug to cure the uterine cancer, I would've jumped on it! I mean...to cure my pain and get rid of the cancer, so maybe I could have more children?? I mean, why not??
This vaccine has been around for some time. In fact, when I was going through my problems...everytime i was at the Dr's office, I'd see the same poster. HPV...ask your gynecologist about it. HPV...a virus that causes cancer. HPV...get vaccinated. I had my cancer 3 years ago, and the posters were everywhere. Now, the posters have ended up at Olivia's pediatrician's office. And believe me...Olivia is getting vaccinated.
If it gives Olivia peace of mind about being protected...then so be it. I mean, if she's going to be having sex (not saying that I'm giving her the go ahead, here) then at least she'll have some peace of mind about not getting this virus, and possibly cervical cancer. She'll be confused about so many other issues...this could be one less thing for her to be confused about. I plan on telling her about the "birds and the bees" - but, I think that one cure for one cancer is a right step in the right direction. I don't want Olivia to suffer through the pain and anguish that I did.
She will definately be vaccinated. And her insurance will cover this vaccine - if not now, then certainly by the time she's ready for it.
I just think that if girls are getting this, then good for them.
And if they are practicing abstinence, then I feel they should still have it...
hear of rape?? If a poor girl was raped, and contracted the virus, then at least she'll have - AT THE VERY LEAST - she'll have a little peace of mind that she won't have to deal with cervical cancer.
Sylvia

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sylvia said...

Ok, Ja...I had to post a comment here.
As you and everyone else in the family knows...I've had cancer. Know, it wasn't cervical...But, if they had a drug to cure the uterine cancer, I would've jumped on it! I mean...to cure my pain and get rid of the cancer, so maybe I could have more children?? I mean, why not??
This vaccine has been around for some time. In fact, when I was going through my problems...everytime i was at the Dr's office, I'd see the same poster. HPV...ask your gynecologist about it. HPV...a virus that causes cancer. HPV...get vaccinated. I had my cancer 3 years ago, and the posters were everywhere. Now, the posters have ended up at Olivia's pediatrician's office. And believe me...Olivia is getting vaccinated.
If it gives Olivia peace of mind about being protected...then so be it. I mean, if she's going to be having sex (not saying that I'm giving her the go ahead, here) then at least she'll have some peace of mind about not getting this virus, and possibly cervical cancer. She'll be confused about so many other issues...this could be one less thing for her to be confused about. I plan on telling her about the "birds and the bees" - but, I think that one cure for one cancer is a right step in the right direction. I don't want Olivia to suffer through the pain and anguish that I did.
She will definately be vaccinated. And her insurance will cover this vaccine - if not now, then certainly by the time she's ready for it.
I just think that if girls are getting this, then good for them.
And if they are practicing abstinence, then I feel they should still have it...
hear of rape?? If a poor girl was raped, and contracted the virus, then at least she'll have - AT THE VERY LEAST - she'll have a little peace of mind that she won't have to deal with cervical cancer.
Sylvia