November 14, 2007

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) hijacks cellular machinery [disturbing pictures and video].

An Indonesian fisherman baffled medical experts when warty "roots" began growing out of his arms and feet.

  • More HPV pictures.
  • Sweet holy fucking Jesus. The "root guy" was bad enough, but HPV can actually turn you into a German sort-of-motorcycle?!?
  • If you're lucky, and aren't Dutch or Swedish or have the cockpittet or herpes, YES, apparently so.
  • > German sort-of-motorcycle Isn't that a recumbent pushbike?
  • It's always staggering to think of all the people in thrid world countries suffering from diseases that are easily treatable in developed countries. With the publicity, I'm sure it won't be long before somebody sponsors the guy to come to the US for treatment.
  • >no definitions were found for "cockpittet"
  • Holy crap, tellurian, that was disturbing! I was thinking the same thing, TUM. I'm always flipping past Discovery Health documentaries of kids in India or Africa that have massive growths on their faces and bodies, and have just suffered for years, where any kid in the US would have been taken care of. This poor man deserves all the help he can get. I hope we see follow-up articles as he gets better.
  • Article needs more information on "after he cut his knee in a teenage accident". Cut it on what, a mummy?
  • He cut it on Swamp Thing.
  • I think probably he cut it, and then at some point before it healed was exposed to the virus via the cut. But that made me giggle, rolypolyman.
  • Oh, poor bunnies!
  • No. seriously, I knew that HPV transmission was through sexual contact generally and laughed at the the thought of cut knee.. but, shaking hands, man.
  • Hmmm, maybe I should get that vaccine after all.
  • Awesome. I hope Dede gets the same result. What an unbelievable transformation!
  • Awesome. I hope Dede gets the same result. What an unbelievable transformation!
  • Oops. Accident with clumsy fingers and wheel mouse. Please move along.
  • Wow, what a difference!
  • Thanks Lara. I can't quite make my mind up about which one of these statements is the more objectionable: "We actually treated him for more than one year about ten years ago despite the fact that we could not cure him, as there was no medication for this disease." "Dr Gaspari's initial plan was to send the medication to Indonesia, but if that did not work, he said he would try to get Dede to the United States, which the Indonesian health ministry has reportedly said it will not allow." "Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari lashed out at the Discovery Channel on Sunday, saying it had exploited Dede, who has been earning a living in Indonesia by appearing on a "freak show.""
  • I do find it sad that nobody would/could help this man until the media plastered his picture everywhere. But I think lots of people suffer in countries with less advanced medicine until that happens. Look at all the "Boy with the 80-Pound Tumor" specials on Discovery Health. It's basically a freak show for US viewers, and the sufferers finally get advanced treatment. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but now I'm just rambling.