The Gardasil Girls: How Toronto Star story on young women hurt public trust in vaccine

Kristy Hoffman
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The Star’s Wednesday editorial by Juliet Guichon and Dr. Rupert Kaul calls the Gardasil story troubling and disappointing, and the editorial’s headline, "Science shows HPV vaccine has no dark side," challenges the original article’s suggestion that Gardasil is linked to medical complications in young women.

Despite the Star’s effort to correct the story’s first claim — that Gardasil has a dark side — by making drug transparency the revised article’s focus, Ottawa-based medical expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff says the damage has been done: The Toronto Star hurt public trust in Gardasil.

NACI reported the vaccine could be particularly important to men who have sex with men (MSM). Compared to the general population, MSM have disproportionately high numbers of HPV infection, particularly vaccine-preventable, high-risk types 16 and 18, according to Manitoba Health.

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