Medical Program: Not Quite a Cancer Vaccine: Selling HPV & Cervical Cancer

Not Quite a Cancer Vaccine: Selling HPV & Cervical Cancer

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Samantha Gottlieb traces the medical, social, and political controversies in the ten years following the HPV vaccine's launch.

  • Overview

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection remains one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in both females and males, with about 9 in 10 people contracting HPV at some point in their lives.

    Host Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Samantha Gottlieb, medical anthropologist and author of Not Quite a Cancer Vaccine: Selling HPV and Cervical Cancer.  They explore the history of Gardasil, a vaccine developed for HPV but marketed primarily as a cervical cancer vaccine, which became embroiled in sociopolitical debates about adolescent sexuality and pediatric vaccinations.

    The two discuss these precedents alongside current controversies, such as whether vaccinating both males and females will induce herd immunity, and if the benefits outweigh the risks.


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