Candace Owens and tweet about a bad reaction to the HPV vaccine
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Candace Owens Says HPV Is “Not Contagious”, Argues Against Vaccines

Conservative political commentator and Trump supporter Candace Owens may be coming out as an anti-vaxxer. On Monday, she tweeted some wildly inaccurate claims about the human papillomavirus, better known as HPV, because she personally had a bad reaction to the vaccine and now the big bad government which is currently led by the man she unconditionally supports wants others to get it, too.

“I had a TERRIBLE reaction to the HPV shot when I was 16 yrs old & I cannot believe our government is trying to mandate it,” she wrote. “Mandating vaccinations against diseases that are NOT contagious and therefore pose NO danger to the public is a dangerous precedent of government overreach.”

Very important fact check: HPV is absolutely contagious, as are all viruses by nature, and it definitely poses a danger to the public due to the fact that at least a dozen varieties of the virus can cause cancer.

Thankfully, there is a vaccine available, and it’s the only vaccine in the world currently that can protect you from cancer. As usual, a small number of people will have bad reactions to the vaccine, but these are so rare and mild that the CDC has designated all versions of the HPV vaccine as “very safe.”

So what in the what is Owens talking about? She was replying to a comment left by some random lady whose entire Twitter account appears to be dedicated to claiming that the HPV vaccine caused brain damage in her daughter and ruined the girl’s life. This comment was on a tweet by Hollywood’s most dedicated anti-vaxxer, Rob Schneider.

Whoever this Dr. Lee is, there’s no doubt that some HPV infections lead to cancer. If you prevent the infection, you prevent any chance of cancer. This isn’t brain surgery.

Anti-vaxxers are of course very upset that some local governments (three in total so far) have required kids to get the HPV vaccine before they’ll be allowed to go to school, just like for other important vaccines that prevent dangerous and contagious diseases. Currently, HPV is the most common STD, frequently getting passed along through sexual contact without either partner knowing because it often causes no symptoms.

Since conservatives hate sex education and abstinence education doesn’t work, the HPV vaccine is the best way to stop this public health crisis. Unless anti-vaxxers like Candace Owens have their way.