HPV vaccines and cancer prevention, science versus activism

Lucija TomljenovicJudy WilymanEva VanameeToni Bark and Christopher A Shaw

Infectious Agents and Cancer 2013, 8:6 doi:10.1186/1750-9378-8-6

Published: 1 February 2013

Abstract (provisional)

The rationale behind current worldwide human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programs starts from two basic premises, 1) that HPV vaccines will prevent cervical cancers and save lives and, 2) have no risk of serious side effects. Therefore, efforts should be made to get as many pre-adolescent girls vaccinated in order to decrease the burden of cervical cancer. Careful analysis of HPV vaccine pre- and post-licensure data shows however that both of these premises are at odds with factual evidence and are largely derived from significant misinterpretation of available data.

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