Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Anti-Papilloma Virus Vaccine

Merck has developed a vaccine, which when administered to pre-teen age girls will immunize them against the papilloma virus which causes genital warts and cancer of the cervix. The vaccine costs $400 per unit. Its long-term effects are not known. Merck has been pushing State Governments to make the vaccine mandatory.

At least 20 states are considering making use of the vaccine mandatory for schoolgirls, and the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has already done so through an executive order.

Let's review what we know.

1. The papilloma virus is transmitted during sex that is not protected with a condom.

2. Male transmitters of the virus are males who have not been circumcised.

3. The long term side effects of the vaccine are not known.


It is much more prudent for the females not to take the vaccine but to limit their sex to men who are circumcised, and even better who are circumcised and cover their penises with condoms.


Governor Perry is putting the burden on the young girls. He is wrong. What he should be doing, since males are the transmitters, he should repeal his executive order and propose a law to the Texas legislature that would require all males to be circumcised and institute a 10 year prison sentence for men who are caught having sex without a condom.

(A highly significant side benefit would be that circumcision and use of condoms also reduces substantially the transmission of the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus that leads to AIDS.)

To set a proper example, Governor Perry should have himself circumcised, possibly in the Neiman Marcus window in Dallas, so lots of citizens could observe his dedication to the eradication of a deadly cancer and a deadly disease.

Of course, the news media would broadcast the event and bloggers would repeat the video millions of times.

Do it, Governor!


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