The HPV vaccine has had to overcome the moral panic fanned by politicians who lock up their daughters. Now new research shows how many lives it has the potential to save.
Very (very) a long time ago, I had a close diagnosis of cervical cancer. Of course, it was horrible. A kind of precancerous mass. My main memory of receiving the diagnosis is that the doctor who gave me the news said:
“It’s a sin.”
Actually, they said it was a CIN, a CIN3. A specific type of anomaly. But because cervical cancer had been intrinsically linked to sexual activity, because most of it is caused by the human papillomavirus, my confused brain heard “sin.”
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