N.B. Sarojini & Anjali Shenol
Series Number: 65
Editors’ Note: In this issue of DifferenTakes, two activists with the Indian women’s health group Sama document serious breaches in medical ethics in a trial of the Gardasil vaccine on young girls in a poor area of Andhra Pradesh state. Their findings raise important questions about the current international drive to promote Gardasil and other HPV vaccines as a strategy to curtail cervical cancer, and about medical experimentation directed at the bodies, families, and reproduction of vulnerable communities. The article reveals a pressing need for international women’s health activists to closely monitor such trials.
— Co-editors Katie McKay Bryson & Betsy Hartmann