Friday, March 09, 2007
No Vaccine for That!
The American Society for the Stupid has announced that there is still no cure. In hopes you will contribute to their cause, they have announced their 2007 poster boy, Virgil Van Camp. No doubt the plight of Virgil will stimulate your pity and open your wallet.
Do preteen girls need protection from sexually transmitted diseases? What does it say about our society that 11- and 12-year-old girls might need protection against a virus which can infect them only if they are sexually active? A girl that young who has caring parents and is being raised in a civilized society will not be promiscuous.
Virgil, of course, is suffering this painful spasm over his attempts to think about human papilloma virus or HPV.
As is often the case with those suffering from Virgil's syndrome, there is just a hint of truth in his ruminations, in that HPV is (mostly) a sexually transmitted disease. It quickly becomes obvious that it is only a tragic shadow of sense, however, merely pointing up the hopelessness of Virgil's condition.
HPV may be almost as common as the common cold virus but it causes almost all (in excess of 99 percent) of cervical cancers in women. Approximately 3,670 American women, mostly between the age of 35 and 55, will die from cervical cancer in the United States during 2007. Many more will have to endure surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.
HPV vaccine is recommended by the Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to be given to 11- and 12-year-old girls precisely because it is most effective when given before a person becomes sexually active.
In a heartbreaking display of his disability in full force, Virgil regurgitated the following:
All sexual activity is based on a series of choices. People who engage in high-risk homosexual behavior and premarital sex are no different. Successful societies have morals, rules and customs that discourage destructive behavior.
And the wages of immorality are poor health and sometimes death.
But women get the virus from men, who can just as well be their husbands as any casual fling. The women are the ones, though, who will get sick, and maybe die, from someone else's "sin." The wages of stupidity, you see, are deadly to the guilty and the innocent alike.