Sex, science, and the politics of biomedicine: Gardasil in comparative perspective

Steven Epstein*, April N. Huff

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The advent of human papillomavirus vaccines such as Gardasil and Cervarix-vaccines designed to interrupt transmission of a sexually transmitted infection in order to prevent the development of cancer-holds enormous public health significance. But these developments also provide insight into central aspects of po liti cal life by demonstrating the complex interplay among biopolitics, biomedicalization, and the often bitterly fought politics of sexuality in the presentday United States.1 We address this interplay by examining an apparent contradiction suggested by the case of Gardasil, in light of episodes in the politics of science and the politics of sexuality during the presidential administration of George W. Bush.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThree Shots at Prevention
Subtitle of host publicationThe HPV Vaccine and the Politics of Medicine's Simple Solutions
PublisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)0801896711, 9780801896729
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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