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HPV Vaccine Inventor named "Australian of the Year" HPV Vaccine Inventor named "Australian of the Year"

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Unread 01-27-2006, 05:30 PM
HPV Vaccine Inventor named "Australian of the Year"

Hi Ladies
I posted this information on a recent post but thought you might like to know that Professor Frazer, who developed the vaccine for HPV was on Thursday (Australia Day) named as Australian of the Year.

His interview was very interesting, and he said that most women carried this virus but most were able to deal with it through their immune system. He said that their evidence showed this vaccine to be 100% effective against the virus. He was also the person to prove the direct link that a virus could cause cancer, in this case, cervical cancer.

He seemed a wonderful person, very caring and now a great Australian.
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Unread 01-29-2006, 03:43 PM
HPV Vaccine Inventor named "Australian of the Year"

s Aussieone

Thanks for sharing that info. Anyone who contributes to the research and elimination of this disease is with me!

Unread 01-31-2006, 12:34 AM
HPV Vaccine Inventor named "Australian of the Year"

As another Aussie I can say that I am immensely proud of this man's acheivements.

The implications of this vaccine discovery is that EVERY girl in Australia from about the age of 9 years will be vaccinated against HPV at school (much the same as they are vaccinated against rubella in Australia) as part of a free (government funded) public health programme.

This is expected to almost eliminate CIN and cervical cancer in our country. Of course, the vaccine can be used in the rest of the world too, especially in developing nations where the risk of death from cervix cancer is very high due to lack of pap smear screening and late detection.

Incredibly, there is a small but very vocal conservative minority in Australia which opposes the vaccine because they feel it will encourage young women to engage in sex earlier! This OUTRAGES me to no end as a health care provider and a cervix cancer survivor for a number of reasons:

1. whether we like it or not, young people are going to have sex. The best that we can do as parents and adults is to equip them with the knowledge and skills that will help them to make the right decisions for themselves

2. it is not only young women who engage in sex, so this vaccine will help all women

3. the large scale vaccination of girls will effectively reduce the chance of HPV taking a strong hold in the population so that those who aren't vaccinated and those that have only one sexual partner ever are still protected by 'herd immunity' - that is, if the prevalence of HPV in the population is only 5% after the vaccine compared to 85% now then the chance of coming into contact with it is very low, including for those women who have only ever had sex with their husbands

4. these people who oppose the vaccine would rather see women DIE than young girls engage in sex? What a ridiculous argument and one which quite frankly I see as completely contradictory to the moral fibre they report to uphold.

Sorry to harp on, but if there was any other disease in Australia (or the USA, Canada, the UK for that matter) which killed a quarter of a million people per year and could be effectively eradicated by a vaccine, there would be no question about its support.

HPV is linked to penis cancer too, but it is far, far less common than cervix cancer. I often think that the HPV vaccine would have been developed and be in widespread use long, long ago if HPV-related cancer was a disease which almost exclusively affected white heterosexual men.
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Unread 01-31-2006, 03:56 AM
HPV Vaccine Inventor named "Australian of the Year"

BTW, I am so sorry to get on my high horse about that! As you can see, I have just a teency weency little beef with the vaccine detractors!

forgive me!
Unread 01-31-2006, 07:43 AM
HPV Vaccine Inventor named "Australian of the Year"

Nell - Of course you feel that way! I do, too, and I bet all of us who have had cervical cancer feel that way and with the same intensity. I've often expressed to friends the desire to go around to high schools after I retire to talk with young girls about the real danger of having unprotected intercourse. Because pre-cancerous cells can be removed for a complete cure, I don't think most people understand how lethal this cancer can be if it's not caught early or if treatment does not work, and paps do not always catch it and treatment does not always work. I certainly was not aware!!! If I had a daughter, she'd be vaccinated for sure.

And, yes, I agree with you about the white male thing.

New question: Does anyone know if the vaccine will work to stop a recurrence??? Or other cancers to which HPV is linked? I did a little research when I first read about the vaccine, but haven't lately.

Finally - hurrah for this Aussie researcher . I wonder if he had a loved one who had cervical cancer.

Take care,

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