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9_Sex, Drugs, and Politics - Casper and Carpenter

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894 Monica J. Casper and Laura M. Carpenter © 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © 2008 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd Inflammation and contention Initially, many public health institutions, medical associations, and state governments – eager to harness a new technology in their efforts to protect young women – embraced the HPV vaccine. Within weeks of FDA approval of Gardasil, ACIP unanimously approved a provisional recommendation that all girls aged 11–12 receive the vaccine. This was formalised in January 2007, with inclusion of the HPV vaccine in the CDC’s Child and Adolescent Vaccination Schedule. Leading medical associations endorsed the recommendations. Feminist and progressive sex education organisations heralded the vaccine as a pharma- ceutical lifesaver, a sentiment echoed in the popular press. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) urged ACIP to make ‘access to the vaccine . . . a public health priority’, and the National Organization for Women (NOW) ‘congratulate[d] the US [FDA] for
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