HPV legislation in Texas
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: 10.1/100,000 (1/ 1)
- Cervical Cancer Incidence Rate/Race: White: 10.1, Black: 11.7, Hispanic: 15, Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.6
- Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate: 3.4/100,000 (1 / 1)
- Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate/Race: White: 3.2, Black: 5.7, Hispanic: 4.2, Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.3
Screening (2008 Score / 2007 Score)
- Cervical Cancer Screening Rate: 80.2% (0 / 1)
- Cervical Cancer Screening Rate/Race: White: 82.2%, Black: 80.9%, Hispanic: 77.5%
- % Uninsured/Unscreened: 25.5% (1 / 1)
- Medicaid Coverage HPV Testing: Unrestricted (2 / 2)
Healthcare Access (2008 Score / 2007 Score)
- Rate Uninsured Women: 29% (0 / 0)
- % Low Income/Uninsured Women: 52%
Policy Initiatives and Infrastructure (2008 Score / Cumulative Score (2005–2008)
Screening Requirements (0 / 2)
- There are no new screening requirements.
Task Forces (0 / 2)
- There is no new cervical cancer prevention task force legislation.
Access to HPV Vaccines (1 / 1)
- HB 215/SB 110 would require female students enrolling in 6th grade to receive the HPV vaccine and the Dept. of Health to disseminate information about HPV and cervical cancer; died in House.
- SB 815 would require health benefit plans to provide coverage of the HPV vaccine; sent Committee on Public Affairs.
HPV Vaccine Information Programs (2 / 2)
- HB 1379 creates an HPV vaccine information program, including information on the effectiveness and availability of vaccine; and an HPV/cervical cancer prevention program for parents; signed by Gov. Rick Perry.
Miscellaneous (0 / 0)
- There is no new miscellaneous cervical cancer prevention activity.
- Gov. Perry signed an executive order in February 2007 requiring HPV vaccine for 6th grade girls; overturned by Legislature (HB 1098, which prohibits immunization against HPV as a condition for public school admission).
- 2008: Good (12 out of 22 points)
- 2007: Good (10 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