February 14, 2011



“A pap smear never harmed anyone," says Dr. Diane Harper, lead developer of Gardasil®, the HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals. In this segment we delve deeper into that and other statements made by Dr. Harper. She also was involved heavily in the development of Cervarix®, the HPV Vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. In this segment some interesting comments pertain to both HPV vaccines.

In our first segment, Harper made some startling clarifications about the use of Gardasil® in boys and men, and how, "Unfortunately, the FDA has given Merck a blanket approval to use Gardasil® in males 9-26." She further admitted neither Gardasil® nor Cervarix® would cure or treat a current diagnosis of HPV, but that some have hypothesized that these vaccinated people instead may "react poorly" to these vaccines.


When asked to clarify her statement about pap smears, she stated, “The best way to prevent cervical cancer is with routine Pap screening starting at age 21 years. Vaccination cannot prevent as many cervical cancers as can Pap screening. Pap screening with vaccination does NOT lower your chances of cervical cancer - Pap screening and vaccination lowers your chances of an abnormal Pap test. Gardasil® is associated with GBS [Guillian-Barre Syndrome] that has resulted in deaths. Pap screening using a speculum and taking cells from the cervix is not a procedure that results in death.” She further tells us, "Gardasil® can be offered along with Cervarix® as an option to prevent abnormal Pap test results in those women who can make an informed decision about how much they value this benefit compared to the rare risk of GBS. If a woman has no access to Pap screening, receiving HPV vaccines may help reduce cervical cancer IF the vaccines last long enough. At this time, Gardasil® is proven to last for at least 5 years, and Cervarix® for at least 8.5 years. Health policy analyses show that there will be no reduction in cervical cancer unless the vaccine lasts at least 15 years."

In our time with Dr. Harper, we learned that she feels that those who participate in male with male sex may have some protection against anal cancer. However, she also states that in order for Gardasil® or Cervarix ® to truly make a difference, they must be effective for at least 15 years. At this time, neither HPV vaccine fits this description. She also admits there is the connection of serious side effects and deaths with these vaccines. In fact, we asked Harper if she had a statement she would like to make to those who have suffered side effects. She replied, “Please push for full disclosure in consent forms so that parents and potential vaccinated persons can weigh the benefits and risks of the HPV vaccination from their own perspective. Having federal funding to researchers to aid in setting up full disclosure consent forms will help the process of decision making."

We then asked about the possible side effects that can be caused by Gardasil®, and her response was, “The side effects are many; most require only time to reverse. For the severe autoimmune demyelinating diseases, working with a neurologist is often helpful.” However, when we asked her how much time she thought it would take for these side effects to wear off, as some of those affected are approaching three and four years of being injured, Harper stated, “I do not know of a time frame in which the side effects will wear off.”


This interview has raised some serious questions. If the HPV vaccines need to be last a minimum of fifteen years in order to be effective and lower the incidence of cervical cancer in women, why are they being so heavily marketed when the developer states Gardasil® lasts five years and Cervarix® lasts just over eight?

In our next segment, Dr.Harper will go into detail about the use of placebos in the HPV vaccines, and if there was one used in the HPV vaccine trials.