Three shots at prevention : the HPV vaccine and the politics of medicine's simple solutions

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In 2007, Texas governor Rick Perry issued an executive order requiring that all females entering sixth grade be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), igniting national debate that echoed arguments heard across the globe over public policy, sexual health, and the politics of vaccination. Three Shots at Prevention explores the contentious disputes surrounding the controversial vaccine intended to protect against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection.

When the HPV vaccine first came to the market in 2006, religious conservatives decried the government's approval of the vaccine as implicitly sanctioning teen sex and encouraging promiscuity while advocates applauded its potential to prevent 4,000 cervical cancer deaths in the United States each year. Families worried that laws requiring vaccination reached too far into their private lives. Public health officials wrestled with concerns over whether the drug was too new to be required and whether opposition to it could endanger support for other, widely accepted vaccinations. Many people questioned the aggressive marketing campaigns of the vaccine's creator, Merck & Co. And, since HPV causes cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, and anus, why was the vaccine recommended only for females? What did this reveal about gender and sexual politics in the United States? With hundreds of thousands of HPV-related cancer deaths worldwide, how did similar national debates in Europe and the developing world shape the global possibilities of cancer prevention?

This volume provides insight into the deep moral, ethical, and scientific questions that must be addressed when sexual and social politics confront public health initiatives in the United States and around the world.

The coercive hand, the beneficent hand : what the history of compulsory vaccination can tell us about HPV vaccine mandates / James Colgrove
Gardasil : a vaccine against cancer and a drug to reduce risk / Robert Aronowitz
HPV vaccination campaigns : masking uncertainty, erasing complexity / Lundy Braun and Ling Phoun
The great undiscussable : anal cancer, HPV, and gay men's health / Steven Epstein
Cervical cancer, HIV, and the HPV vaccine in Botswana / Doreen Ramogola-Masire
Safeguarding girls : morality, risk, and activism / Heather Munro Prescott
Producing and protecting risky girlhoods / Laura Mamo, Amber Nelson, and Aleia Clark
Re-presenting choice : tune in HPV / Giovanna Chesler and Bree Kessler
Parenting and prevention : views of HPV vaccines among parents challenging childhood immunizations / Jennifer A. Reich
Decision psychology and the HPV vaccine / Gretchen Chapman
Nonmedical exemptions to mandatory vaccination : personal belief, public policy, and the ethics of refusal / Nancy Berlinger and Alison Jost
Sex, science, and the politics of biomedicine : Gardasil in comparative perspective / Steven Epstein and April N. Huff
Vaccination as governance : HPV skepticism in the U.S. and Africa and the North-South divide / Julie Livingston, Keith Wailoo, and Barbara Cooper
Public discourses and policy making : the HPV vaccination from the European perspective / Andrea Stöckl
HPV vaccination in context : a view from France / Ilana Löwy
Conclusion : individualized risk : medical perils, political pathways, and the cultural framing of vaccination under the shadow of sexuality / Keith Wailoo ... [et al.].

Additional Information
Subjects Papillomavirus vaccines -- Social aspects.
Publisher Baltimore, Md. :Johns Hopkins University Press,2010
Contributors Wailoo, Keith.
Language English
Description xxix, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780801896712 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0801896711 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780801896729 (pbk. : alk. paper)
080189672X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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