A lead researcher for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines that eventually became Gardasil and Cervarix has come out against the drugs, claiming that the side effects may be worse than the actual disease.
Dr. Diane Harper gave a speech that was supposed to promote the vaccines, but instead, audience members came away feeling like they shouldn’t be used. She said:
About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have H.P.V. at some stage of their life. Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.
Dr. Harper said she came clean so that she could sleep at night.
And the side effects can be ruinous and may even lead to death. According to LifeWise:
44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines. The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation. Parents are usually not made aware of these risks.
Japan has already stopped recommending the vaccines, citing the side effects.
It’s important to note that while the vaccines may be effective, the HPV vaccine is unlike others in that it guards against a sexually transmitted disease. Why this should be mandatory in a state, regardless of the side effects, presents ethical questions.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus from the papillomavirus family that is capable of infecting humans. Like all papillomaviruses, HPVs establish productive infections only in keratinocytes of the skin or mucous membranes. While the majority of the known types of HPV cause no symptoms in most people, some types can cause warts (verrucae), while others can—in a minority of cases—lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, oropharynx and anus.