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Aradia Women's Health Center's
Women's Health Matters, #30
Thursday, July 27, 2020

This Issue's Topics

  • Breakthrough for HPV!
  • CONNECT: With the Facts. With your Health. With your Community.
  • Pharmacy Board Set to Reconsider Harmful Pharmacy Refusal Rule

Breakthrough for HPV!

Last month the Food and Drug Administration approved a new vaccine, Gardasil, to protect against particular strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that may lead to cervical cancer.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee unanimously voted to recommend Gardasil for 11- and 12-year-old girls as a routine vaccination and for girls and women 13- to 26-years-old as a catch-up.

HPV is an STI that is passed through sexual contact – which includes vaginal, anal and oral sex. There are 40 different types of HPV that are sexually transmitted. Both women and men can get infected. Most types of HPV have no symptoms and go away after time. But some types do not go away and can lead to cervical cancer, if not discovered and treated. Some types of HPV can lead to genital warts in men and women.

There is no cure for HPV. And it is extremely common to be infected. By age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have acquired HPV.

Even if you have already been exposed to HPV or are infected with it, the vaccine will still prevent the transmission of the other types of HPV you are not infected with!

Aradia is currently preparing to provide the HPV vaccine for women under 26 years old. If you would like more information on the vaccine or to find out if you're eligible, please call our helpful phone counselors at (206) 323-9388 or 1-(800) 644-9389.

CONNECT: With the Facts. With your Health. With your Community.
Aradia's Teen Sexual Health Education Program is Here!

In June 2006, we debuted CONNECT - Aradia's newest health education program!

CONNECT, supported by a grant from The Burning Foundation, combats the growing trend of STIs and unplanned pregnancies among young people, and encourages them to embrace healthy practices, healthy choices and healthy futures.

CONNECT is primarily an education program with a series of FREE materials for use by organizations that work with young people and by young people themselves!

Pharmacy Board Set to Reconsider Harmful Pharmacy Refusal Rule
The Board is Listening to You!

Citing the 2,450 letters, emails and phone calls that the Pharmacy Board has received since approving a draft rule at their June meeting– most of which, according to Executive Director, Steve Saxe, overwhelmingly opposed the draft rule – the board agreed to hold off on proceeding with that language and opted instead to work on developing new language that will be considered at their next meeting in August.

Your letters, phone calls and emails are working!

As a member of WARC (Washington Alliance for Reproductive Choice), a coalition of pro-choice organizations at the forefront of this issue, Aradia would like to once again encourage you, our supporters, to write more letters - this time thanking the Board for listening to the public as well as urging them to use this opportunity to develop a new rule that protects patients.

Below is a draft letter you can send to the Pharmacy Board:

July 24, 2020

Board of Pharmacy
Department of Health
PO Box 47863
Olympia, WA 98504

RE: Proposed Rule on Pharmacist Refusals

Dear Washington State Board of Pharmacy:

I would like to thank you for slowing down the rulemaking process and reconsidering your original proposed rule. I recognize that there is a difference between an inability to fill a prescription and a refusal to do so. Citizens and patients in Washington want to know that they can get their prescriptions filled by a pharmacist without judgment or harassment. Thank you for reconsidering your harmful rule, and I hope that you will use this opportunity to develop new language that will adequately protect patient’s access to care.

Sincerely,