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Have you guys heard of the new vaccine for HPV called Gardasil? It is supposed to help prevent the development of cervical cancer in women at a later age. I heard the vaccine is available in Canada for women under the age of 26. Does anyone know why this is? I can understand offering a vaccine to women before puberty only or prior to sexual activity only but I don't understand why only women prior to turning 27 can receive it.
Jan 11, 2007 @ 10:19 am

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Ali de Bold

I would like to know too

HPV is a scary thing. And why 26? I'm sure more will come out about this but for now we should be asking our doctors about it.
Jan 11, 2007 @ 05:55 pm

Yes I heard about this too.

I think this may have something to do with prevention and risk factors for giving Gardisel to women 27 and over.

This is just my speculation, but not only for prevention in young women, but it can be a funding issue. Possibly, the Canadian government only has enough funding to provide these vaccinations for young women and teens.

The risk of cervical cancer from HPV is greatest for this age group, Catching STIs early on have more consequences for diseases later on.

As well, they know that this is the most at risk group, more than women over 26. The Canadian government knows that it is women who are under 27 who are most at risk for HPV.

Teens are becoming more sexually active at an earlier age, and the key to Gardisel is for prevention.

I can see them only targeting this age group because this is the group that is most at risk. And in addition, if Gardisel is suppose to be preventative, it would be wise to stop it here before it spreads.

There also is the assumption that women under 27 have multiple sex partners, which puts them at high risk.

These are just my personal answers, Feel free to agree/disagree!

Jan 11, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

I wrote an article about this

Chickadvisor made the fateful decision to publish one of my blatherings on this topic back in October. ;) Here's the link:


The reason for the age limit is in fact to target the women who have had LESS sexual experience. The number 26 is just something they've set for now. There are vaccines in development/testing right now designed for older women. Another reason is that the vaccine hasn't passed FDA testing for women over 26, and as such CANNOT be marketed for older women.

Since Gardasil only targets 4 strains of HPV that lead to cervical cancer, the overall protection is at best 70%. However, these are the most common forms. Women with limited sexual contact have the best chance of not yet being infected. If you already carry the dangerous strain or have cervical cancer, Gardasil can't help you. The older you are, the more partners you've had (probably), the more likely you've already been in contact with the targeted strains.

Hope this clears up some of the confusion. There are a number of links in my article to sites dedicated to this topic. Check them out for yourself!
Jan 12, 2007 @ 07:50 am

Thanks for the info...

I guess maybe I am just being paranoid as to why I have missed this cutoff for a vaccine against something that coule prevent cervical cancer. My mom was just diagnosed with it and then I started seeing reports on Gardasil and then I started thinking...I would want to protect myself with a vaccine if it would help me from meeting a similar fate...and when I have children, if it proven to prevent HPV that could lead to a cancer that has not presented itself in my family then I would want to protect them too. I will read your article mamaluv. Thanks for the link.
Jan 12, 2007 @ 11:40 pm


They are always targeting students, which is the supposed group under 26. I see info ads for HPV awareness everywhere on campus, funny thing is they haven't had that many ads for Gardisil. I do know for sure that STIs are easily transmitted when you're in university /college because that age group is assumed to be having casual sex with multiple partners (ew, not that I agree with that at all!)
Jan 15, 2007 @ 05:42 pm

Early on

I'm sure they want to protect teens and young women BEFORE sexual contact (makes perfect sense!)
Jan 15, 2007 @ 05:43 pm

target group

Yeah I am sure that they are trying to target people who are more likely to be more sexually active. I do know that it is just not before sexual contact though because it said that it can be used post contact for the first time as well. Ah well, just wondering if anyone else had heard anything on Gardasil...I had only heard tidbits on the news and read some stuff on the website.
Jan 16, 2007 @ 01:17 pm

Welcome to Texas

Texas just passed a law that girls between 11-13 (I believe, but don't hold me to it) are required to get vaccinated against HPV. Cool deal. The pros: How many girls at that age have had sex? The vaccine will be most effective given BEFORE any strain of HPV has been transmitted, since it does not TREAT HPV. The cons: The damn thing costs $172 a pop, and needs to be boosted three times over an 8 mo period.
DO YOUR RESEARCH LADIES! Guarasil is brand new, and as much as we'd like to believe that our Drs know everything there is to know about medicine, it just isn't true. You DO NOT have to be tested before recieving the HPV vax, and in the event that you DO test positive, it is still a good idea to get vaccinated. The HPV test from your OBGYN is pass/fail - it does not indicated how many or which HPV strains you may have aqcuired - so if you test positive, you can still protect yourself against 3/4 or so strains.
And that is a decent selection of the info that is inclosed in the box which I reading while waiting 50 min at the dr.s office last month ;) enjoy!
Feb 25, 2007 @ 12:03 pm
Ali de Bold

Approved in Canada

I heard on the news today that thas just been made available in Canada and the gov't is going to foot the bill. That's really great news! I just wish it was available sooner when I was younger since I don't qualify.
Mar 20, 2007 @ 10:49 pm


Yes I saw this on the news last night. I heard that certain states are making it a mandatory vaccination in the US. Well it good that it is available through the government here so people have a choice as to whether they want to get it or not.
Mar 21, 2007 @ 09:05 am

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