This post is a both/and situation.
Please see this article and this response from Dr. Michelle Cooke from Atlanta Medical Center:
Misinformation about vaccines such as this inflames me. What’s worse is that this type of narrative incites racial conflict where there should be none. There is so much wrong with the medical information given in this article that I don’t know where to begin. However, I would like to give some basic points of clarification so the masses don’t fall for the hype.
1. HPV is incredibly common - we ALL have been exposed to it. If you, or anyone you have come into contact with has EVER had a wart (not just genital warts - ALL WARTS) then you have been exposed to HPV
2. Since HPV is so common and not likely to be dangerous or life threatening, it’s only worthwhile to target/vaccinate against the most dangerous strains - 6, 11, 16 & 18. Black women, please enjoy the fact that we’re less likely to have a dangerous strain of HPV, rather than blame a vaccine for not protecting us against the benign strains we usually carry.
Please Continue to get vaccinated - it’s well worth the temporary discomfort of an injection.
- Michelle Cooke, MD