Dr. Diane Harper, professor and chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, specializes in human papillomavirus (HPV) and the diseases associated with it. As principal investigator of the clinical trials of Gardasil and Cervarix, vaccines against HPV, Dr. Harper was instrumental in getting Gardasil approved.
So it should give parents pause that, beginning in 2009, Dr. Harper has questioned both the safety and effectiveness of Gardasil. In stating her misgivings, Dr. Harper has appeared at the International Public Conference on Vaccination, a conference held by the the anti-vaccine group National Vaccine Information Center, and in an anti-vaccine film, The Greater Good:
- Citing research, Harper states Gardasil has been associated with at least as many serious adverse events as there are deaths from cervical cancer each year, and that the risks of vaccination are underreported.
- Nor is Gardasil effective in preventing HPV infection because the infection can take decades to develop, as explained below. Getting routine pap smears is more effective in early detection and thus, treatment of cervical cancer.
As Dr. Harper explains in the video clip above, of all the women who get an HPV infection:
- Approximately 70% of them will clear that infection all by themselves in the first year, without the HPV infection being detected or treated.
- 90% of the women will clear the infection within two years.
- By three years, only 10% of the original group of women will still have an HPV infection, half of whom (i.e., 5% of the original group of infected women) will have progressed into a pre-cancerous lesion.
- Among this small group of women who have developed a pre-cancerous lesion, it’ll take 5 years for the lesion in about 20% of these women (i.e., 1% of the original group of infected women) to become cancerous.
- Among this very small group (1%) of women whose lesion has become cancerous, it takes 5 years for 20% of this group (i.e., 0.2% of all women infected with HPV) for the cancerous lesions to develop into invasive carcinomas, and as long as 30 years for 40% of the women with cancerous lesions (i.e., 0.4% of all women with HPV infection) to develop into invasive carcinomas.
In other words, in the very small number of women (0.6%) infected with the HPV virus whose lesions became cancerous, it takes 5 to 30 years for the infection to develop into invasive carcinomas. But whatever data there is on Gardasil shows that its effectiveness lasts only 5 years.
The above statistics prompted Dr. Harper, in a 2011 NPR interview, to argue against mandatory HPV vaccines for girls because, in her words, “95% of women who are infected with HPV never, ever get cervical cancer” because their immune systems are effective in killing the virus.
That is also why, as reported by Sharyl Attkisson for CBS in August 2009, Dr. Harper questioned the CDC’s recommendation that the series of HPV vaccine shots be given to girls as young as 11-years old. Harper said:
“If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn’t last… we’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit. The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated.”
Why Dr. Harper waited AFTER Gardasil had been approved by the FDA to come clean about the vaccine’s risks and ineffectiveness is a mystery.
Lastly, here’s another good thing that President Trump has done — he’s asked Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to chair a presidential commission on vaccine safety. Both Trump and Kennedy have questioned whether vaccines cause autism and, not surprisingly, are mocked by the MSM.
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