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NYC Politician Announces On Twitter That She Has “High Risk HPV”

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Melissa Mark-Viverito made an unusual admission for a politician on Sunday night: New York City’s City Council Speaker announced to her followers on Twitter that she has high risk HPV.

Mark-Viverito shared how the common STI she has can potentially lead to cervical cancer and that she is having a biopsy on Tuesday. She tweeted: Keep reading »

Why I Inspect My Vagina Every Day

Why I Inspect My Vagina Every Day

“Are you okay in there?” my roommate asked me after I’d surpassed the 30-minute mark in our shared bathroom.

“Yep!” I hastily replied from the cold, linoleum floor where I sat naked. “I’ll be right out!”

I took one last look through the small compact mirror at my vagina, thoroughly inspecting each fold, small bump and hair, and hoisted myself up off the floor. In a matter of months, this scrupulous examination had become my daily routine…and to this day, I hate every minute of it. Keep reading »

Finally Some Good News: HPV Vaccine Has Been Incredibly Effective

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Getting the HPV vaccine doesn't make teen girls slutty. Read More »
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Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call to our nation to protect the next generation by increasing HPV vaccination rates.”

The fact that the infection rate has dropped so much comes as a surprise because the inoculation rate in the U.S. is relatively low: only a third of girls ages 13 to 17 in the U.S. have been vaccinated. Unfortunately, HPV vaccinations have been dogged by “moral panic” concerns that vaccinating adolescent girls will encourage them to be promiscuous — which is flat-out not true.  Keep reading »

HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Make Teen Girls More Slutty, Survey Finds

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Should you get the HPV vaccine? The Frisky is divided. Read More »
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On boys and the HPV vaccine. Read More »
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Teen girls ages 15 to 19 who are vaccinated against HPV are not more likely to be sexually active, according to a survey in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Another positive finding is that sexually active girls who were vaccinated against HPV were also more likely to consistently use a condom than sexually active girls who were not. This data is directly counter to overreactive screeches from conservatives who claim that vaccinating teen girls will encourage them to have sex earlier. Hopefully this will shut them up for awhile (although I’m sure Rep. Michele Bachmann is eagerly awaiting a study to prove the HPV vaccine made a woman’s child mentally retarded as proof she’s not talking total BS). One might infer from this data that teenagers who have been exposed to the idea of protecting themselves against STDs — and, for younger teens, presumably have a parent or guardian’s support in keeping them protected —  continue to make responsible sexual decisions. Who’d have thunk? [New York Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: On Boys & The HPV Vaccine

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  • Mandating the HPV vaccine for young boys (instead of young girls) may be an easier pill for parents to swallow because it is supposedly easier for them to think about their sons being sexually active than their daughters. Facepalm. [NPR]
  • How the worldwide SlutWalk protests have developed a divide between black women and white women. [The Root]
  • The superintendent of the San Diego school system where a lesbian couple were crowned Homecoming king and queen said that random phone callers telephoning the school to complain can STFU. [GOOD]
  • A terrorism-tracking database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center only brings up one incident of abortion-related domestic terrorism (the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller) despite countless other threats and attacks on abortion clinics and abortion providers throughout the U.S. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

SNL Debuts The Li’l Poundcake HPV Vaccine Doll

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There was a lot to love when Melissa McCarthy hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. But my fave was a sketch she wasn’t even in: the Li’l Poundcake HPV Vaccine Doll. It might beat Kristen Schaal’s bit on “The Daily Show” for best comedic send-up about the HPV vaccine panic. [Hulu]

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