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"HPV vaccine prevents genital warts in men: study"


Source: CBC.CA

Published: 13 Nov 2021

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (3½ stars)

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Men may also benefit from a vaccine designed to protect women from cervical cancer, researchers said Thursday.

The Gardasil vaccine was 90 per cent effective in preventing lesions such as sexually transmitted warts that are not life-threatening, according to the placebo-controlled study of 4,000 males that was funded by the vaccine's manufacturer and presented at a medical conference in Nice, France...

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Criteria Rating
Total Score 7 of 10
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Satisfactory (?)

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Despite the inclusion of some really important pieces of information including adequate details of the study design and the quantification of both treatment benefits and harms, the most prominent issue with this article was that it did not mention the existence of the HPV strains that are virtually unaffected by the vaccine. Distinguishing these strains is important for clarifying that this vaccine should not be accepted as a blanket treatment for all cases of HPV. A discussion of alternative treatment options might have been easily accompanied by a description of the different HPV strains. This discussion would hopefully clarify the precise strain under investigation in this research and allow readers to be more fully informed about the restrictions of this treatment option.

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