Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Public Not Ready for Cancer Vaccine

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Public Not Ready for Cancer Vaccine

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SOCIETY NEWS

The public are not yet ready for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which can prevent 70% of cervical cancers, the RSH has said in a letter to the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

To be successful, an HPV vaccination programme needs to be run in conjunction with an integrated education programme, says the letter by RSH Senior Policy Officer Alison Gehring. The letter claims that inadequate education in relation to HPV is almost certainly why the vast majority of women do not know that cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection.

'Awareness is worryingly low, if people don't know about it then how can they make an informed choice?' writes Ms Gehring.

'The RSH strongly supports the introduction of a comprehensive HPV vaccination programme. However, the efficacy of any such programme will be strongly influenced by the impact of public education, not least in relation to disadvantaged social groups.

'If politicians, educationalists and health professionals want to improve the public's sexual health we need to get the message right.

'Children and young people should not be expected to put out their arm unsure of what the syringe contains,' she adds. …

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