Quote from Rrrrrachel: The thing about gardasil not being tested with a true placebo didn't sit right with me. I think having everything but the pathogen as a placebo is legit, but at some point it was surely tested against saline. Turns out, it was.
From the gardasil insert:
In 7 clinical trials (5 Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate [AAHS]-controlled, 1 saline
placebo-controlled, and 1 uncontrolled), 18,083 individuals were administered GARDASIL or AAHS
control or saline placebo on the day of enrollment, and approximately 2 and 6 months thereafter, and
safety was evaluated using vaccination report cards (VRC)-aided surveillance for 14 days after each
injection of GARDASIL or AAHS control or saline placebo in these individuals.
Did you read the entire thing? Well, I guess the positive side of this would be that they actually treated a group with just saline placebo. But when you look at the number of participants and how evenly they are distributed among the 3 groups, just makes me wonder. There are only 594 people in the saline group and this group was just mixed in with the AAHS group when side effects were listed. Which in turn probably balanced the odds in favor for Gardasil = not significantly different than the placebo group! Not at all convincing!
"Across the clinical studies, 40 deaths (GARDASIL N = 21 or 0.1%; placebo N = 19 or 0.1%) were reported in 29,323
(GARDASIL N = 15,706; AAHS control N = 13,023, saline placebo N = 594) individuals (9- through 45-year-old girls and women; and 9- through 26-year-old boys and men)." (from the link above)