A recent study from Duke University’s School of Medicine found that the available HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, don’t prevent the HPV infections common in black women. Gardasil and Cervarix protect against HPV 16, HPV 18, HPV 6 and HPV 11 — strains that are notorious for causing cervical cancers. The only problem? HPV 16 and 18 occur more in white women than black women, who tend to show HPV subtypes 33, 35, 58, and 68. So while white women might also not be protected from all strains by the HPV vaccine, they are certainly in a much safer position than black women.
“HPV 16 and 18 occur less frequently in African-Americans than in whites,” Dr. Cathrine Hoyo, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Duke University School of Medicine, told Health Day. Duke’s study looked at 600 abnormal pap smears and found that almost 86 percent of the women examined had detectable HPV. Yet, as Hoyo explained, “African-Americans had half the HPV 16 and 18 frequency as whites did.”
As Bustle reported last summer, this disparity may be the reason that African-American women are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer…It’s upsetting that Gardasil leaves many black women without adequate protection against HPV and cervical cancer. Conflating the healthcare needs of white women with those of black women keeps us from accessing adequate treatment in multiple areas, and this is especially troubling when it comes to HPV. Had there been funding for a vaccine specifically designed for my black, female body, a shot that protects my body as well as it does white women, I might very well be HPV-free today.
Citibank Switzerland of Nigeria wants to give me $10 million. Clearly they have taken notice of my exceptional fiscal responsibility. It is of course entirely understandable that they need a scanned copy of my identity to prove that I am who they think they’re emailing out of the blue.
The best part of this email is that they kept the Of Nigeria on there. It’s such a tradition at this point that even the scammers can’t bear to shake it.
we have a bird in Australia called a willie-wag-tail and another one called a pee-wee and i used to get really upset when i asked my mum what their “real names were” because i thought they were fucking made up by her to make fun of me when i said them
They live with a bird that looks like the willie-wag-tail and they think the name sounds made up? That thing looks like it came from a cartoon.
This is why Australian wildlife is all named the way it is. You look at it and you just can’t take it seriously enough to sit there and solemnly mull over dignified names.
This is also probably why 90% of Australian wildlife is venomous. It’s got to earn respect somehow.