About This Blog
Supporters of the so-called ‘cervical cancer’ vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix have promoted them as safe and effective. However, an increasing number of women experience unwanted side effects and are not informed properly about what these vaccines might do – or might not. Women and girls often believe that after 3 shots with Gardasil or Cervarix they will not get cervical cancer. In reality, this injection does not protect against cervical cancer but against 2 strands of the human papilloma virus (HPV) which appear to contribute to 70% of cervical cancer. But there are lots of other HPV strands that also contribute to cervical cancer. And things like smoking, having a weak immune system and multiple sexual partners also contribute to developing pre-cancerous infections so Pap smears every 3 years are still essential. The good news is that most of these infections are cleared up naturally in most women. Should irregular cells be recognised in a Pap smear they can be removed. Cervical cancer is not an epidemic in developed countries such as Australia, the US, Canada and the UK. So why have this vaccine?
We worry about short and long-term safety of the so-called cervical vaccines. NO one knows whether they will affect a woman’s fertility. We already know that pregnant women should not be given the vaccine because it can cause miscarriages and some babies with abnormalities have been born. So it’s obviously a potent ‘drug’ that shouldn’t be injected lightly. We also know nothing about the long-term effectiveness about these vaccines. We think that these vaccines have been introduced far too quickly, especially for young girls: less than 1200 girls under 16 were included in the research, which was done by the drugs’ manufacturers.
What is this blog?
This is a blog created to provide a safe space for girls and women anywhere in the world to discuss their concerns with the cervical cancer vaccines. Health professionals are also welcome to discuss problems with the vaccines. This is a not-for-profit blog
We would like to hear stories not just from women who have suffered unwanted and dangerous side-effects from these vaccines, but also from those who were misinformed, misled, or have other concerns about the vaccination process. This site also contains other information, news articles, and resources that are critical of the vaccines as they become available. If you are a journalist who wrote a critical article please e-mail it to us for this site.
Initially, the blog will focus on concerns with Gardasil and Cervarix, but if you have problems about other women-specific drugs/ treatments please email us and we may eventually add stories about other problems.
This blog is independent. There is no pharmaceutical company or lobby behind it.
About The Editors
I am a student of politics and media. Other online work includes The Fury.
Dr Renate Klein
I am a biologist and social scientist and have been a women’s health researcher for many years. Until 2006 I was Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne and I have written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory. I am also a founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and an Advisory Board Member of Hands Off Our Ovaries. I am also a publisher (Spinifex Press) and (co)-author/(co)-editor of four books of feminist theory and six books on reproductive medicine.
We are both very concerned about these vaccines – a gigantic experiment on women’s bodies taking place in the 21st century – and their potential to hurt women.