A vaccine for HPV could be little more than a placebo, and there is an additional rumor that it could be deadly. A lead developer for the HPV vaccine known as Gardasil allegedly came forward in an effort to clear her conscience about the dangers of the shot.
According to the rumor, Dr. Diane Harper is a lead researcher for Gardasil and Cervarix, and contributed to the following statement about the health warnings for said vaccines:
“Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70 [percent] of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90 [percent] in two years. … At the time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines. The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation. Parents are usually not made aware of these risks. Dr. Harper, the vaccine developer, claimed that she was speaking out, so that she might finally be able to sleep at night. ‘About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life,’ Harper says. ‘Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.’”
According to Snopes, the report is a complete hoax and the vaccine for HPV is not deadly at all. This report has led to much panic on Facebook and YouTube, where it was claimed that the shot could lead to death in girls as young as nine years old. The HPV vaccine is quite safe, and the report may have been fabricated by anti-abortionists stretching the facts.
The YouTube video, shown above, mostly talks about the political and moral implications of the shot, and really proves nothing. While the numbers represented are accurate, there is no actual connection between the vaccines for HPV and the number of deaths occurring in young women. What connection there is remains a figment of people’s imagination.
Any time you come across a claim you think is so shocking it might potentially change your life, remember a very basic internet fact. If it sounds too good to be true (or too shocking), it probably is.