Sunday, September 6, 2009
Will Gardasil get approved for boys and men?
Gardasil is a vaccine made by Merck and it's currently indicated for girls and women to prevent cervical cancer that's often caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Will Gardasil get an indication for boys and men? After all, those same viruses (HPV) cause warts in guys. Guys are just as guilty for spreading HPV, so why not vaccinate them as well? Would it be possible to eradicate HPV? That would be quite a public health accomplishment. What if HPV suffers a similar fate as smallpox? (well, terrorists are trying to bring smallpox back, but I doubt that any terrorist will have much interest in HPV).