February 27, 2011
Sexual health doctors have urged the Government to vaccinate against genital warts as part of the school-based jabs programme.
Cases of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) have soared, with an increase of 33 per cent across the South East since 2000.
More than 400 new cases per 100,000 of the population were diagnosed in Kent in 2009.
Medway had the highest rate of the infection at 167 in 2009. Recent figures from Medway’s GUM (genitor-urinary medicine) clinic show cases of genital warts rose 36 per cent from 302 to 412 between 2004 and 2010.
The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) is campaigning for the Government to switch the vaccine given to young girls to protect against cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) to one that also protects against genital warts, which are caused by the same virus.
Dr Colm O’Mahoney, a consultant in genitor-urinary medicine and spokesman for BASHH, said: “Genital warts are incredibly common, 150,000 cases are now recorded every year and that is a massive number of cases.
“I work on the frontline in sexual health and 50 per cent of my work load is managing and treating genital warts.
“It is a very distressing condition and I see many young women who find they have this ugly and disfiguring condition down below.
“It has a huge psychological impact.
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Below is the comment I tried to post on the site…but due to an internal error it was unable to take it. LCB.
There are some things your readers – and the physicians in the UK should be aware of before pushing for Gardasil.
According to Diane Harper, the lead researcher on Merck’s Gardasil project, the vaccine’s efficacy for genital warts lasts only two years.
There are now 106 VAERS (U.S. Vaccine Adverse Reporting System) reports of anogenital warts post HPV vaccination indicating that Gardasil may not even be effective for the two years, or another HPV strain has replaced the role of the wart causing strains in Gardasil.
For more information go to: http://sanevax.org