It’s not often that important news comes from celebrity, but this certainly qualifies. In a recent interview, Michael Douglas talked about his recent fight with throat cancer. He reveals that the likely cause of his throat cancer was HPV caused by cunnilingus.
Now, people will snicker, but this is actually really important as far as education goes. Studies show that 80% of women will contract HPV by the time they are 50. HPV can cause many, many health problems for women. As we see from Michael Douglas, it can also cause problems for men.
All of these problems should be immaterial within a generation or two because we have a vaccine for HPV. The CDC recommends girls get vaccinated around their teenage years, but I’d like it to be taken a step further. Making this vaccine mandatory for both boys and girls would prevent countless pointless health problems and save many lives.
Unfortunately, America still thinks sex is icky and if people don’t want to get HPV they simply shouldn’t have sex. They also think that giving kids the vaccine will make teenagers sex crazed lunatics who will hump anything that moves. Newsflash, they already are. The only thing the vaccine will do is prevent them from spreading disease.
Men only think of health problems when it affects them. Maybe Michael Douglas’ bout with cancer will make politicians stop giving women a tongue lashing (ha!) and get on board with vaccinating this easily preventable disease.