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HPV, Anal Cancer and Clinical Trials for a Vaccine July 24, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Health, Uncategorized.
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You may or may not have heard of human papilloma virus. It is the most common cause of cervical cancer in women and is a very prevalent virus. Almost everyone has the virus and it is easily transmitted through vaginal or anal sex. This is why women get Pap smears every year.

What you may not know is that it can also be a cause of anal cancer.  It is not the only cause. But individuals who have anal sex, straight or gay, can transmit the virus and be at risk for developing anal cancer. For anal cancer, there really isn’t a lab test that is as simple as a Pap smear.

A few years ago, a vaccine came out for human papilloma virus. The recommendation came from doctors that young girls should have this vaccine before they become sexually active. And unless you have your head in the sand, you know that’s a pretty early age. This vaccine is currently not approved for use in boys, however clinical  trials are underway. Gay or straight, you can pass HPV to your sexual partner. If I were a teenager, or had a teenage girl, I would get vaccinated rather than risk cervical cancer.

You probably know that new drugs, vaccines and treatments are tested before they go to market. But you may not know how to get involved in one of those trials.  If you or a family member have any type of health condition, you might want to check out Clinical Trails.gov. This website is brought to you by your tax dollars. It’s particularly useful if you suffer from a condition that does not have adequate treatment. It’s a great way to see what is coming. My husband participated in a clinical trial many years ago for a treatment for his kidney condition. Luckily, he was helped by the treatment.

Currently, there are many ongoing trials to test the vaccine in healthy people, both genders and people with other illnesses.  If you are interested, I encourage you to visit Clinical Trials.gov. The website is pretty self-explanatory and information is provided on how to contact the researchers.  Your involvement could help save a life. Maybe even your own.

A few current studies:

GlaxoSmithKline is recruiting for young teens, both female and male, to test the vaccine, in over 72 study locations.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00534638?term=hpv+vaccine&rank=16

A study in the San Diego area, looking for military veterans who are HIV+ to test the vaccine.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00666107?term=hpv+vaccine&rank=32

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