Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gender and the HPV Vaccine

I need to take a minute to post about a non-school-health related topic: a recent study published in the British Medical Journal concluded that vaccinating males against HPV is not cost-effective. News outlets everywhere have reported on authors' conclusions.

However, are the underlying framework and assumptions of the study authors misguided?

William Saletan published a provocative (go-figure) post on on the topic, and I think it is right on. If you have any interested in gender disparities and gender norms this is a very, very interesting topic right now!

Just as a refresher: the vaccine was developed and is currently being used to vaccinate girls. Check out a previous VH post on the male/female controversies of the HPV vaccine that I published earlier this year.

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