We’ve probably all seen the advertisements for Gardasil, and perhaps some of the women reading this blog have received the vaccine as well. It is supposed to help protect women from effects of HPV (Human papillomavirus) including cervical cancer. This virus is always thought to manifest itself (worse symptoms etc.) in females. However, the Washington Post reports that research is being done to extend the vaccine to males.
Among the discussions questions raised by new vaccines against STDs is whether or not it makes those at the margin more likely to have sex. I also wonder if comparing incidence of STDs (specifically HPV) in females to males, the larger susceptibility of women to these diseases will be addressed. Biology yet again presents an inequality it seems Feminists have yet to overcome.