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One Less Idiot Please

I just saw that annoying “One Less” commercial for GARDASIL. It is a vaccine for HPV (HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS), which sometimes can lead to cervical cancer. It shows a bunch of women and young girls being all proud of themselves for being “One Less” ‘victim’ of HPV by getting the GARDASIL vaccine.

I was sitting there thinking, “Isn’t HPV an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) which could be prevented simply by, oh I dunno, not having promiscuous sex?” But then I thought that I must be ignorant and it must not be an STD, otherwise they would be talking about being “One Less” ‘victim’ by practicing abstinence, right?

Well, I looked it up and my first instinct was correct.

HPV affects both women and men.

Anyone who has any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact with an infected person can get HPV — intercourse isn’t necessary.

Many people who may have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms, so they can pass the virus on without even knowing it.

HPV is easily transmitted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20 million people in the United States are currently infected with HPV.

According to the CDC, the only way you can totally protect yourself against HPV is to avoid any sexual activity that involves genital contact. HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18 account for the majority of HPV-related clinical diseases.

Hmm, yet in all the commercials I have seen for this GARDASIL and HPV, never once have I heard or seen them talk about abstinence as the number 1 prevention technique against HPV and cervical cancer. Instead, the “One Less” campaign is about getting an unnecessary vaccine, which won’t give you 100% protection, so all these so-called strong, responsible women can still go around having promiscuous sex.

Wonderful message.

Cross-posted with further discussion HERE

March 1, 2008 , 1:17PM Posted by | Abstinence, GARDASIL, HPV, Liberalism, One Less, STDs | 1 Comment