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The business of HPV immunisation

Monday, September 25, 2017

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Dear Editor,

I write after reading the Jamaica Observer news report by Claudienne Edwards, headlined 'Assault on cancer', published Friday, September 22, 2017.

The human papillomavirus is usually transmitted sexually. Surgeons and nurses are known to have contracted it for lack of hygiene. You won't catch it just by talking to someone who has got it, or by shaking hands. Fingers-genital contact is a possible way of transmission, but unlikely to be a significant source.

Human papillomavirus immunisation may prevent some cases of cervical cancer but it won't prevent the spread of numerous other sexually transmitted infectious diseases, worst of all HIV.

Safer sex education, especially instructions on proper condom use, can significantly reduce the proliferation of sexually transmitted infectious diseases and unwanted pregnancies, with no harmful side effects at all. If you practise safer sex you don't need human papillomavirus immunisation.

The pharmaceutical and medical industries are the only beneficiaries of human papillomavirus immunisation.





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