HPV legislation in District of Columbia
Women in Government Ratings
Women in Government, a non-profit network of state level women legislators, receives significant funding from the pharmaceutical industry, including Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Digene Corporation -- all with products related to HPV vaccination and testing. According to their report, "The 'State' of Cervical Cancer Prevention in America - 2008" :
Incidence & Mortality (2008 Score / 2007 Score)
- Cervical Cancer Incidence Rate: 13.3/100,000 (0 / 1)
- Cervical Cancer Incidence Rate/Race: White: 8.1 , Black: 12.4
- Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate: 3.7/100,000 (1 / 0)
- Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate/Race: White: 1.3 , Black: 4.8
Screening (2008 Score / 2007 Score)
- Cervical Cancer Screening Rate: 89.4% (2 / 2)
- Cervical Cancer Screening Rate/Race: White: 90.8%, Black: 88.9%, Hispanic: 86.9%
- % Uninsured/Unscreened: 29.2% (1 / 1)
- Medicaid Coverage HPV Testing: Unrestricted (2 / 2)
Healthcare Access (2008 Score / 2007 Score)
- Rate Uninsured Women: 12% (1 / 1)
- % Low Income/Uninsured Women: 20%
Policy Initiatives and Infrastructure (2008 Score / Cumulative Score (2005–2008)
Screening Requirements (0 / 1)
- There are no new screening requirements.
Task Forces (0 / 0)
- There is no new cervical cancer prevention task force legislation.
Access to HPV Vaccines (2 / 2)
- The DC City Council passed a measure to establish an HPV vaccination program for 6th grade girls in 2009; Mayor Fenty signed the measure but it requires congressional approval to be finalized.
HPV Vaccine Information Programs (0 / 0)
- There is no HPV vaccine information activity.
Miscellaneous (0 / 0)
- There is no new miscellaneous cervical cancer prevention activity.
- The District of Columbia passed a mandatory vaccination program but postponed the launch until fall 2009; it will launch a public education campaign in the meantime.
- 2008: Fair (10 out of 22 points)
- 2007: Fair (8 out of 18 points)
Articles and resources
- Women in Government
- The Marketing of Gardasil in Australia
- The Marketing of Gardasil in Canada
- The Marketing of Gardasil in Europe
- The Marketing of Gardasil in New Zealand
- The Marketing of Gardasil in the United States
- Direct-to-consumer advertising
- Disease Mongering
- Drug industry
- Judith Siers-Poisson, The Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer, a four part series, PRWatch.org, July, 2007.
- "The 'State' of Cervical Cancer Prevention in America - 2008", Women in Government