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Stephen Colbert Weighs In On HPV Vaccine

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You tell 'em, Stephen! LOLz.

Check out the video (above) in which Stephen Colbert "lashes out" against a Texas mandate requiring 11 & 12 year old girls to get an HPV vaccine.

The saddest part? Michele Bachmann will probably think he's being serious after watching this.


What do U think? Are U in support of this HPV vaccine???

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39 comments to “Stephen Colbert Weighs In On HPV Vaccine”

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    Wished I'd had the option - now I have to play wait and see with the smear docs for the next two years!

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    yes, I do support HPV vaccine! if I would know that before when i was younger i would be safe at the mo. I was 25 when my doc says that i've HPV which was completley shock for me, thank God after all check up's and biopsy turns out i don't have a cancer and my HPV is a different type. But HPV will stay forever in my body. So make it short girls from age 8-10 should have this vaccine it's really important. Thnak you

  4. 4

    The vaccine only prevents against a few of the strains. One can still contract HPV even if vaccinated. Protected sex is still the best method of preventing HPV. Whil;e the vaccine has merits, the jury is still out on possible side effects. There have been reported cases of M-S type symptomes and muscle disease, as well as some other serious side effects. The vaccine should be a choice, NOT a MANDATE!!

  5. 5

    this woman is more dangerous than Sarah Palin. (Never thought I'd say that!)

  6. 6

    They need to vaccinate the boys too. Women arent getting it from doorknobs.

  7. 7

    I was given the jab the year it came out in England, it wasn't mandatory and I know plenty of people who chose to have it done and some who didn't. The jab shouldn't be compulsory, it's up to the parents.

  8. 8

    It's A Great Idea For A Little Extra Protection….. But that isn't going to stop you from getting HPV. Most American's HAVE the kind that can't be avoided with the shots…. that still can turn cancerous…. HPV has never been given the Attention it deserves. It is one of the most common STD's that most people (especially men - seeing as they cannot be tested for it) don't even know they have - PEREZ PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!!! HPV Is Contagious And One Of The Most Popular Social Disease today!!!! Protection is more important NOW more than Ever!!! Condoms are MANDATORY.

  9. 9

    Re: woodzbabe – There are more complex and deadly side effects of flu vaccine as well as mumps, smallpox and ALL other vaccines. These side effects are extremely typical and normal of any sort of vaccine or injectable medicine.

  10. 10

    Re: tallguy10 – HAHA

  11. 11

    Re: woodzbabe – I disagree. Even if a woman waited till marriage, her partner could have HPV and not even know. It's serious virus and my gyno told me 80% of girls in college will contract it. The strain cannot be found in men but they can still give it to other women. Cervical cancer is no joke. And although Gardasil doesn't protect against all strains, it can help. It's really no different than getting a required tetanus shot.

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    I'm not in support of the vaccine being forced on little girls, but leave it up to the parents to decide if they should or should not get their daughter's vaccinated. if i were a parent, i'd have to say NO to the vaccine. i'm not in support of it, just as the flu vaccine, i haven't had one since i've been able to make my own medical decisions about what goes into my body. i have yet to have gotten the flu.

  13. 13

    Men are the biggest risk to women when it comes to HPV because there is no test to see if the men have it. So of course it is easily transferred to women and more commonly known to exist in women, because they can prove it, HPV is spreading at an alarming rate, and I encourage everyone to get the vaccine, unfortunately it does not protect you from all strands of the disease, but some strands are better then none! I do however think it is infringing on someones rights to require them to do so… It should be their decision, a stupid one not to get the vaccine, but theirs (and their parents) decision none the less.

  14. 14

    As someone who had HPV+ cervical cancer I am all for it. Luckily I ended up being fine, but it was 2 years of worrying and doctor exams and even now 15 years later I always wonder if it is going to come back. I was not a promiscuous person either…only a few sexual partners. I do agree Condoms are a must as well.

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    First of all, NO ONE knows it it's even effective! I choose to not vaccinate my children with this vaccine. It's MY choice not the government! There is a reason that big PHARMA companies spend BILLIONS with lobbyists!

  16. 16

    steven colbert is smarter and funnier than anyone else on late-night television

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    I hope most of the people in favor of parental consent realize that most young adults don't and can't tell their parents they are sexually active. That's the problem with society, instead of helping, all the "adults" and politicians turn their backs like 12/13 yr old kids aren't having sex and doing drugs. We should be helping each other and be open minded with options not closed minded like kids aren't doing crazy shit. There are real problems going on and the government is too high on their horse and money mountain to even give a shit about what we think or want. I'm surprised that our country hasn't rioted yet. Alright I'm done ranting..but give it some serious thought.

  18. sof says – reply to this


    Actually, condoms don't really protect you from HPV. Read about it.

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    It sounds like a good measure of safety regardless of the fact that it does not treat all strains. Still better than nothing, as a precaution. However, even with our health care in Canada the vaccine is not covered and costs us $650, so along with side effects/safety I also wonder about who will pay the price tag for a mandate like this if it materializes.

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    1. The vaccine covers the two most common forms of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers
    2. The lifetime risk of getting HPV is 80%
    3. If a person is vaccinated before the onset of intercourse (therefore before getting any of the 100 types of HPVs) she will be 100% covered against the strands she is vaccinated against.
    4. This means, if you vaccinate an 11-12 year old before they start having sex, you have saved them from getting cervical cancer by 70%.

  21. @v@ says – reply to this


    Recipients have DIED. The numbers are low, but there's a risk. Needles into your or your children's body is a personal choice; your body belongs to YOU, not the state. Mandating it makes me want to follow the hand shake and the tax money that will pay for these mandated vaccines.

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    I believe girls should get the vaccine but I also believe it should be up to the parents not to the state.

    Have a sit down conversation with your daughter about what this vaccine is and how it can help her in the future when she decides to make the decision to have sex. If you discuss sex with your daughter at an early age it can really help clear up an misconceptions they may have now or in the future about sex.

    I'm not saying all kids are the same but my mom talked to me about sex when I was about 11 or 12 and was open and honest and let me ask whatever questions I wanted. I ended up waiting until I was 19 to have sex for the first time. I was in a committed relationship with someone I loved.

    I know not all families are the same and not all kids are going to act the same but an open line of communication does wonders.

    Anyway I got off topic. I just think that it should be up to the parent and to the girl whether or not they should get the vaccine. It should not be up to the government.

  23. 23

    an HPV vaccine is almost more important that the introduction of birth control. At least pushing a baby out of your vadge doesn't give you cancer. HPV shows how lacking our education system is. I went to a very expensive private school, and not even they covered this. I personally feel betrayed by many many factors. I can't see how a vaccine is a bad thing, overall.

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


    I don't want to give the impression that I'm against the vaccine. I'm simply against forced vaccines. Families who choose and want to receive it should have that option. I'm saying do your homework first, and then make an informed choice.

  25. 25

    To everyone that is concerned about administering this safe vaccine (and yes, it's just as safe as all the other ones), you don't have to get it. There are state mandated vaccines everywhere and all you have to do is say it's against your belief system to vaccinate your kids.

    Now, I think that's insanely irresponsible of you but it's your legal right.

  26. 26

    Re: kateisrockinhoe – That's why they give it to girls around 11 - because they know the kids won't tell their parents.

  27. 27

    No one is forced to have the vaccine, you can opt out out for any reason. I live in Texas and the controversy arose because, some individuals felt like you should have to opt in for the vaccine and not opt out. No parent is forced to have their little girl vaccinated for HPV, they simply have to opt out. Gov Perry did not state this during the debate, kinda showing he may not be the sharpest tool in the shed.

  28. 28

    If there's a vaccine that can prevent some strains of cancer… why not? Seriously, I don't get it. Having the vaccine isn't going to support unsafe sex.

  29. 29

    California has AB 499 awaiting the Governor's approval. It would allow children 12 and older to get vaccinated for STDs without parent consent. The CDC website reports 18,727 adverse reactions to Gardasil, 8% serious (Guillain-Barré Syndrome, blood clots and 68 deaths…) as of June 2011. I would not want my 12 year old vaccinated without my knowledge and then have him be one of thousands who has an adverse reaction. The government should not dictate what shots my child receives nor should they be able to strip my legal right of informed consent as a parent.

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    Well.. there has been no research or studies on the vaccine (but isn't that the case of all of them?). In it's first year it's killed many women. There are over 100 strains of hpv and this vaccine only covers a couple. I don't think I want to risk killing my daughter over this over rated toxin

  31. 31

    You will STILL have to get smears red rascal. This vaccine doesn't remotely cover all of the strains

  32. 32

    ok waitaminute no vaccine is 100% effective. At best a vaccine give syou the SAME chance as everyone else with HOPEFULLY less side effects and that is all.

    There is a HUGE missconception that vaccines make you immune.. THEY DO NOT. They are made so when you DO catch whatever it is hopefully it won't be the worst of it.

  33. 33

    Just tell the kid she's getting a vacination against a disease you can catch, no need to tell an 11 year old it's an STD if you don't want to. It's stuff like this that keeps me from voting Republican!

  34. 34

    As others have said, 80% of women will contract some form of HPV at some point in their lives. Most strains are harmless and will go away on their own. A woman does not have to be promiscuous to contract HPV. It only takes one partner to spread it. The HPV vaccine does not encourage promiscuity. In my opinion, a vaccine is better than the alternative of chemotherapy and whatnot. However, since it is a fairly new vaccine and not much is known about its long term effects, I do believe it should be a choice, not a mandate.

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    The only thing I have an issue with is that the girls would HAVE to get a pap-smear before getting the vaccine. It is EXTREMELY painful to get a pap-smear when you are a virgin. Of course the parents have the option to opt out of the vaccine altogether. They just want to call it "mandatory" so the government would pay for the vaccines.

  36. 36

    @Barney I had the vaccine and there was no pap test involved

  37. 37

    NO vaccine or any other medicine or medical treatment/procedure should be legally forced on anyone, no matter the age. If the drug companies didn't have their arms so far up these politician's rear ends, no one would be pushing for something like that. and if perry really cared about anyone getting cancer (enough to legally force them to get vaccinated), wouldn't he want to take steps to legally ban toxins that cause cancer, like cigarettes, booze, and chemically processed food? america is about freedom, including having the freedom to choose what you do with your body, regardless of consequence.

  38. 38

    I have HPV and I just had abnormal cells removed from my cervix. I wish HPV vaccines had been required back when I was younger. I'm 25 and finding this out was a complete surprise to me even though I had been safe. There are many strains of HPV and only some cause cervical cancer but as half the people in the world have HPV and don't even know it, better safe then sorry. Some people are so ignorant.. yes 12 yr olds are having sex. Protect them.

  39. 39

    I'm from Australia we get those in high school here. I was in one of the first years to get this vaccine and really I didnt understand at the time why they gave them to us, but now i understand so yeah allow it, get it and hopefully it will work for us in the future!