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HPV jab girls more cautious

27th October 2009

A survey carried out by the University of Manchester has found that being offered the HPV vaccine made eight out of ten girls think carefully about the possible dangers of having sex.


The research, which was published in the British Journal of Cancer, was funded by GlaxoSmithKline. They manufacture the Cervarix vaccine, which is given as an injection as part of the national immunisation programme against cervical cancer.

The survey showed that 79% of girls said the vaccine was a reminder of the "risks of sexual contact" and 93% thought having the jab meant they took looking after their health seriously.

However, 14% of girls said they could "take more sexual risks" because they were given the jab.

One fifth of the respondents, who were aged between 12 and 13 years old, said they felt embarrassed to have the jab because it was for a STD.

Nearly four out of five girls reported that they had talked about having the jab with their parents and of the girls who were not allowed to have the vaccine, 42% said they wanted to have it.

One tenth of girls getting the jab said they did not want to receive the vaccine.

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: "Despite the scare-stories, this research suggests that the HPV vaccine could make the majority of girls more cautious about sex."

"The HPV vaccine is an important step towards preventing cervical cancer in the UK but it will only be truly successful if uptake is high."

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