Skip to main content

Great news, British u-turn on HPV vaccine


Great news, British u-turn on HPV vaccine

It was always a confusing decision in my eyes. Why choose the vaccine that only prevents cervical cancer when it is easy to also prevent Genital Warts. Now genital warts are not deadly or really very painful but they are uncomfortable and the cost the NHS £1000s in treatment, by laser, liquid of freezing. The original decision was claimed to be made for finical reasons but it has been shown that preventing warts in this way will save money in the long term. Now a moral objection has been claimed by some groups. With the idea that if you prevent people catching warts they will have more unprotected sex with multiple partners outside of committed relationships. I think that this argument has blinked and missed the sexual revolution from the pill and condom. Warts are not stopping people having sex, curing them will just save money and prevent peoples discomfort.

Google: "Switch in cervical cancer vaccine
BBC News


From September next year it will use the Gardasil jab, which also offers protection against genital warts - one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Some sexual health experts criticised the decision in 2008 when the Department of Health opted for the cheaper of the two vaccines ..."

'via Blog this'

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Agree - Disagree Sex and Relationship Statements

Today I shared another resource listing the agree disagree statement I often use in Relationship lessons. I find agree disagree activities as a bit of a two edge sword. Sometimes they are great and sometimes they just seem flat. 


I think agree/disagree activities work well if young people in the group do not all think the same. The true value in agree/disagree activities is the discussion it can stir up. The discussion is the point where young people learn things and develop their attitudes. The statements need to be crafted to try and divide opinion and stir up this discussion. When the statements do not divide group opinion then rarely will I get a good follow up discussion. The problem is that the statements that work well for one group do not work for another group. 

The temptation is to try and pick truly controversial issues but I have had as much success with the historically controversial issues (abortion, porn etc) as the more standard issues (loyalty, respect, condoms, etc). T…

Playing with figures of sexual health

A single research project can be reported on in different ways depending on what you want to do. Take the following two articles both reporting on the same research by the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. The research shows how many girls in the study thought the HPV vaccine also reduced their risk of catching other STIs.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083260/One-teenage-girls-thinks-HPV-vaccine-cuts-risk-contracting-STDs.html
http://www.healthnews.com/en/news/Some-Girls-Overestimate-HPV-Vaccine-Protection/3hFUdOev1E8wSjg313QPZq/ 

The daily mail report emphasis 1 in 4, I believe this is because they are trying to show how it is a big problem. Where as Health News states "show that a small percentage of girls" I believe this is because they are trying to show it is not a big problem. Both quoting the same study with the same figure of 23.6% of girls having the HPV vaccine believing it will reduce their risk of catching other STIs. 

Now this is a common o…

Esteem Resource Network update event materials

This is just a quick update to share my powerpoint from the Esteem Resource Network
update event and link to a few resources I looked at during my research. 

PowerPoint Presentation 

WHO definition of sexual health

Fpa Sexual Wellbeing and Pleasure document


Youtube videos 

50 Shades of Grey Trailer

Home office rape prevention advert 

Sex+ Consent video


Background reading

Fetish Sex: A Complete Guide to Sexual Fetishes

50 Shades of Grey reading by a Sex and Relationship Educator

and if you are super keen  Fifty Shades of Grey

This is a very expensive but very useful collection of articles  The Politics of Pleasure in Sexuality Education: Pleasure Bound (Routledge Research in Education)