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Right-wing political pundit Candace Owens just added her voice to the anti-vaccine movement, tweeting out against the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and arguing that the infection is “not contagious.”
“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. Mandating vaccinations against diseases that are NOT contagious and therefore pose NO danger to the public is a dangerous precedent of government overreach,” Owens tweeted to her 1.8 million followers.
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.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 25, 2019
Mandating vaccinations against diseases that are NOT contagious and therefore pose NO danger to the public is a dangerous precedent of government overreach. https://t.co/RXcBDrV4Pw
The tweet was shared in response to a thread started by actor Rob Schneider.
“‘There is no evidence that the HPV vaccine has prevented even one case of cervical cancer anywhere in the world. ‘The problem is that the HPV vaccine may be causing very serious adverse reactions,'” Schneider wrote, quoting Dr. Sin Hang Lee, an HPV expert who testified in a hearing on mandating the vaccine.
“There is no evidence that the HPV vaccine has prevented even one case of cervical cancer anywhere in the world.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) November 24, 2019
“The problem is that the HPV vaccine may be causing very serious adverse reactions.”
Dr. Lee https://t.co/o2Hjd2HZXV
Many are rushing to correct Owens about her dangerous claim that HPV is not contagious.
HPV is contagious you potato.— kelly 🎄❄️☃️ (@kellywithayyy) November 25, 2019
Um, you do realize HPV is contagious and causes cervical cancer, right?— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) November 26, 2019
That's literally why there's a vaccine for it.
Sorry Candace. But HPV is contagious and may kills. 5% of the infection develop a cancer.— Adrien de Wiart 🅰️+ (@Adrien_de_Wiart) November 25, 2019
Owens has yet to retract her claim, but she did take a moment to proudly declare her support of Trump’s reelection bid.
In response to one Twitter user who asked her if she ever considered “being for something,” rather than against “a lot of things,” she wrote that she was for “Trump 2020.”
Trump 2020.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 25, 2019
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.