Television makes things look scarier, it also lies. Please keep in mine I will not be discussing Paula Abdul in HD, this is about advertising…not drunk judging.
To back it up a bit, I recently went to the lady business doctor (in my opinion this is a better name and will for the rest of my life refer to it as the lady business doctor) because I was having some lady problems. Not to get into too much detail–but it’s been a month of testing that just got a bit more complicated (no I am not pregnant, if I were this post would be called 10 ways to make it look like an accident).
After waiting patiently for three (maybe more) weeks I finally got a call. And besides having an extremely low-level of vitamin D, my blood work was basically okay (nowhere near where I thought it was). Then, the tables turned…I had an abnormal pap smear. Not knowing what this meant but being absolutely terrified of cancer I stupidly asked. Casually my ex-favorite doctor said “Well it could be one or two things, but potentially HPV..why don’t-”
I stopped listening after she said HPV because in my mind HPV is a horrible disease where everything goes in black and white and everyone looks at you with a pathetically sad face. (In the background the girls who got the shot are chanting and doing jump rope tricks. Bitches.)
I had a mini panic attack because T.V. (cough Gardasil in general cough) had told me this is something I need to freak out about. I knew that it is too early to even be thinking about the big C (no I will not call it by its real name) but I couldn’t help but go to the dark place T.V. wants me to visit.
The worst part? I’ve researched the shit out of HPV, turns out people (women as well) can get it and nothing happens…their immune system just fights it off like nothing (this is without taking the shot). Information that would be helpful right off the back, considering stress (of not having had the shot) can lower your immune system.
Side note, thanks to one amazing woman (Leah Bonnema) and freak-search (research done when you are freaking out) I learned that even if I did have HPV, and it turned into cervical cancer there are so many tools today made just for early detection. So if you have it, there is help. None of this get the shot or die crap.
If someone is going to tell me all about my lady business, I would appreciate them to tell me the whole truth…not just the truth that makes me buy their product. But then again I feel this way about almost all products–which is why I’m not in advertising.
I understand why medicines like Gardasil take this route, after all one of the biggest motivators for people to get a shot/take a pill is death. So why not capitalize on that fear?