Everyone is hailing this as this new amazing vaccine which will stop the 2 main strands of cervical cancers (what Jade Goody has incidentally), right?
However, the NHS is only offering it to girls aged up to 18. What about those who are older!? Ie, 19, ie, most of us on TSR. Aren't we just
missing out? Are we less suseptable to cervical cancer? No. And fair enough the NHS can't afford to vacinate the whole female population (actually, not fair enough considering our taxes but that's another issue...
), they can't afford it for all. BUT, there's a gulf of 7 years between 18 and 25 - the NHS does not provide smear testing for under 25s. However, the vast majority of over 18s are sexually active. Loads of other countries start at 18; There are countries that start earlier; Australia at 18, Germany and Greece at 20.
Also, I thought maybe the vaccine would be cut price on the NHS to those over 18/under 25, who want it privately. But no. The cheapest price I could find was around £300, privately. Not everyone can afford that, and why should we!? NHS is funded by our taxes! (Sorry, digression).
My point is; don;t you think the NHS should offer either smear testing younger, or the HPV vaccine untill women are old enough to have the smear test? Rather then there being women in the 7 yr gap who are at risk. Think Jade Goody; she's only 27!