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Malik Redmond

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One of the conference’s most compelling moments was when Malika Redmond, an inspiring young activist and the founder of the Black Youth Summit, spoke about the marketing of Gardasil, the vaccine to prevent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. As she spoke, I could feel the young women in the audience leaning in. We had all seen the “One Less” Gardasil ads and experienced aggressive marketing of the vaccine both in the media and in our doctor’s offices. When the moderator’s timer beeped, indicating that Redmond’s presentation was over, the audience actually protested. That moment was just one of many in which the feeling of consciousnesses being raised was palpable in the air. Redmond explained how the much-lauded vaccine was rushed through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and then marketed directly to young women (particularly young women of color) through commercials specifically targeting these groups. In a country where a new and relatively experimental vaccine can be tested on the bodies of young women of color — much like the way birth control methods were historically tested on this same group — it is necessary to raise our voices and advocate for our bodies.

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Comment by Llenar on September 5, 2010 at 2:15pm
Do you know that that virus was first spoken of with AIDS and HIV? That was AT LEAST 25 YEARS AGO. I remember joking with my childhood friend, "Girl, in addition to AIDS, now they got something else that only WOMEN CAN GET FROM HAVING SEX!"

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