Michael Chabon Gave Ayelet Waldman HPV, Which He Got From His First Wife

chabonesque Michael Chabon Gave Ayelet Waldman HPV, Which He Got From His First WifeThe Mysteries of Pittsburgh, indeed. You now know more than you ever needed to about celebrated novelist Michael Chabon.

Not that his wife, the delightfully unfiltered Ayelet Waldman has ever held back about her marriage before.

[Read: The whole ‘I love my husband more than my kids‘ episode, the ‘My husband is skinny and I’m jealous/want to sex him‘ thing, and the ‘My kids know in detail about how my husband used to sex men‘ moment, among others.]

But this may represent a new height in oversharing:

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That said, anyone who actually has HPV talking about how they themselves received it, and the actual dangers of it—in light of the recent Republican appropriation of the issue (wherein an HPV vaccine, evil instrument of health care that it is, alchemizes into the threat of “mental retardation” to little girls everywhere at the hands of Michele Bachmann)—can’t be a bad thing.

Also, anyone who has a strong enough marriage to survive one’s spouse spontaneously outing the communicable disease virus shared by them in the relationship to, let’s see, 5,791 people? Good on ‘em.

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Comments

  1. Lonepineroad says:

    You mean, Micheal Chabon got married even though he was gay?

    1. Choire says:

      I love how you made this weird moment of disease shame-baiting into a weird and really random moment of gay-baiting???  YOU DO KNOW HPV ISN’T HIV RIGHT??? JUST CHECKING. ALSO IT’S “MICHAEL”?

    2. Tina says:

      Hi, there’s this thing called bisexuality.  Look it up.

  2. Choire says:

    “Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) published in the February 28, 2007, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have provided the first national estimate of the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among women in the United States aged 14 to 59. Investigators found that a total of 26.8 percent of women overall tested positive for one or more strains of HPV .”

    And? “By the age of 50 more than 80% of American women will have contracted at least one strain of genital HPV.” Your tone and tactic here of talking about HPV as a “communicable disease” is stupid and intentionally tabloid. (And wrong: a “virus” isn’t a “disease.”) Why are you pointing the weird shame-finger at something that the people you sleep with, should you actually be somehow sleeping with anyone, also have? It’s not oversharing, either; it’s breaking a taboo about how we talk about cancer, sex, responsibility and consequence. Good for her. You’re the one who comes off real poorly here.

    1. Lux Alptraum says:

      Choire, you’re my hero.

    2. Lux Alptraum says:

      Choire, you’re my hero.

  3. Tina says:

    Wait, a woman advocating for a vaccine shares her story and that’s an “overshare”?  Why should she be ashamed of her HPV status?  She was pointing out Bachmann’s inconsistencies and now she should be ashamed of herself?

    And which is it?  Is it an overshare or “not a bad thing”?  This “article” belongs on a gossip site.

  4. Ben says:

    Woman speaks out about how she got a form of cancer that’s little known because nobody talks about it and the New York Observer responds ‘oversharing’?  Wow!  What does this remind me of?  HIV in the 80s?  Silence = Death?  Might want to stop the bleeding and APOLOGIZE NOW. 

  5. Ben says:

    Woman speaks out about how she got a form of cancer that’s little known because nobody talks about it and the New York Observer responds ‘oversharing’?  Wow!  What does this remind me of?  HIV in the 80s?  Silence = Death?  Might want to stop the bleeding and APOLOGIZE NOW. 

  6. GUestReader says:

    It is somewhat irresponsible to report or state that “Ayelet Waldman got HPV from her husband, who got it from his first wife.”  Is it possible, or maybe even likely?  I’d  probably say yes.  But there’s no way to prove where he got it.  Also –  considering that such a large percentage of the population has HPV, what’s the point of pointing the finger at the first wife in the first place?  Maybe there’s some anger, or a background story that I am missing?  

    Furthermore, it’s quite likely that he was exposed to to numerous strains of HPV (including the high risk ones)  from previous partners over the years  – both male and female.  Condoms help, but are in no way a reliable preventive.  Once you have HPV, you have it for life – whether you have an active infection or not.  It can remain dormant for years and years.  Also, unless Mr. Chabon was her first partner there’s also the possibility that Ms. Waldman already carried the virus.   So could he have gotten it from his first wife?  Certainly.  But there’s not way to be sure.  And really, unless there was lying or cheating involved, no one is to blame, so what good does it do to take it a step back and so publicly point a finger?  If anything, it just reinforces the stigma.  

    That said – this is meant as a word of caution, NOT  an attack on Ms. Waldman.  How can people accuse her of oversharing on a subject that, if it received MORE exposure, could literally help save lives?  My further hope for the HPV vaccine is that it’s improved to the point where it will cover all of the carcinogenic strains, and that parents of sons and daughters won’t be sent running because of idiots like Michele Bachmann.  And while you researchers are at it – how about remembering those  already affected?  A therapeutic vaccine sure would be nice…Until these days might come, please ladies (and men)  – use what screening methods we have available  It might save your life.

  7. Lpf72 says:

    Adding – I realize she was standing up to the ignorant and those who think “good girls don’t get HPV.”  I do not Tweet or ever see them, so realize now that you have limited characters to prove a point.  Just thinking the same could have been said in a different way…