Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,
Ovid
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Misplaced priorities

With a tip 'o the keyboard to gansta_ho_bag...

Did you know cervical cancer kills over a quarter million per year worldwide?* Did you know that two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) are responsible for most cervical cancers? Well now you can rejoice! It seems that there's a vaccine which is apparently 100% effective against those two virus strains. Hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved every year. Millions in medical costs can be saved for the women who get cervical cancer and don't die.

There's a catch, though. It seems that the vaccine is most effective if administered to women before adolescence. That shouldn't be too bad, but apparently some people are OK with women dying because that's better than risking those girls having under-age sex.

Bastards.

Still, the article didn't mention who the critics were. It's kind of like "experts say". Did they only find one and blow it out of proportion? I want to know who those critics are. Did they only speak under condition of anonymity. Why even mention it then? Who the hell could be so evil that they're OK with women dying when it's so easily preventable? I can only wonder if the BBC is exaggerating a bit.

* celibot: only women get cervical cancer. Don't start panicking on me now.
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