Do Good People Get It?

The vaccine debates have been going on for a long time–as long as vaccines, in fact. Of recent interest is the question of whether everyone should receive protection against the human papillomavirus (HPV).
The argument made by some opponents centers around the fact that HPV is often transmitted by sexual activity, so if a person is chaste in all things, what’s to worry? In other words, if you’re a “good girl,” you won’t get the virus, the argument goes.

First off, HPV can be transmitted through means other than sexual intercourse. The virus can be detected in blood and transmitted in the same. Opposition to vaccination against HPV presumes that those “good girls” won’t need a blood transfusion or won’t ever work in professions in which they might come into contact with blood.

More than that, what if a “good girl” comes into sexual contact with someone who is infected? What if she gets raped? What if she marries someone who has the virus without knowing it or hides his past activities from her?

And consider the value of removing a disease from the human condition. We’ve eliminated smallpox, except for small stocks held by the United States and Russia, and we’re on the way to getting rid of polio. Eliminating a virus that causes disease makes the world better for us. This would reduce human suffering, something that the Chrisitan religion claims to seek to do.

In this, I’ve taken “good girl” without question. I see sexual action among consenting adults in a different light from how fundamentalists view it, but in this article, I’m going with that way of thinking–for the moment–to illustrate a point. A lot of good can be done if true believers in many different ideologies will work together. Rather than seeing the HPV vaccine as being only for those who are sexually promiscuous, it’s better to regard it as something that offers protection and general benefit to everyone, the righteous and unrighteous upon whom rain and viruses may fall.


13 thoughts on “Do Good People Get It?

    1. Retired Mustang

      I’m going to put on my “RN” hat and wade into this one. By and large, vaccinations are a good idea. Allow me to suggest the bulk of the research supports this. On the other hand, the research I’ve read from which some draw the conclusion(s) that vaccination is bad and/or part of a conspiracy tends to be far less condemning of vaccinations than those who oppose them. We (Ideally) make health care policy based on the weight of the scientific evidence. At this point, the weight favors getting vaccines, including the HPV vaccine.

    1. Greg Camp

      Calm down, Orlin. WordPress did that, and I approved your comment without question or editing. I can’t help computer glitches.

  1. Retired Mustang

    “If you think shooting mercury or aluminum directly into your blood stream” is dramatic and overstates the case.  Is it possible vaccinations are little more than a plot to generate money for pharmaceutical companies?  Of course.  Does the weight of ALL the research taken together, both pro and con, support such a view?  No, not really. 

    As for autism, the term was in psychiatric usage before the first recorded diagnosis.  This is hardly surprising given the discipline’s relative infancy in the first half of the 20th century.  While the evidence relating autism to vaccines is tenuous at best, there is reason to believe that it has become, like ADHD and ADD, something of a “diagnosis du jour.”  I suggest that practitioners of homeopathic medicine, because of the outrageously poor treatment they received decades ago at the hand of allopathic physicians (more specifically, the AMA), that resulted in the closing of their schools of medicine, tend to approach allopathic medicine, and research related to it, with the attitude of those with an axe to grind.

    1. Greg Camp

      Let’s also note that in centuries gone by, lots of people were simply labelled idiots without any more specific diagnosis. Furthermore, my article suggested that getting vaccinated is a good idea. I didn’t address mandatory vaccination.

  2. orlin sellers

    Shooting mercury into your blood stream is dramatic, it is also a fact. All vaccines contain toxins. My point is that many, if not all, vaccines are unnecessary, filled with toxins, and are dangerous and even lethal.

    The phrases ‘make the world a better place’ and ‘benefit everyone’ are to me, a call for mandatory compliance. How many times have we heard this from socialists who want to impose something on the collective?

    So, I repeat, if you guys wanna inject poison into your bloodstream, be my guest, but include me out.

    By the way, have you gotten your HPV vaccinations yet, to make the world a better place?

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