Sexual Health

Amelia

Female
Age at interview: 15

Brief outline: Amelia took part in the HPV vaccination programme for girls aged 12 to 13 years in school year 8. Amelia feels that, at 12 years old, she was too young to understand all the health risks of the papilloma virus and about the benefits and limits of the HPV vaccine. She thinks it needs to be discussed during Citizenship lessons along with sex education, relationships, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Background: Amelia is a full-time GCSE student and is revising for her final year exams. She lives at home with her parents and siblings. Ethnic background: English.

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Amelia took part in the HPV vaccination programme for girls aged 12 to 13 years in school year 8. Amelia feels that, as a 12 year old, she was too young to understand all the health risks of the papilloma virus and about the benefits and limits of the HPV vaccine. She thinks it needs to be discussed during Citizenship lessons along with sex education, relationships, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
 
Amelia feels that she left the assembly talk about the HPV vaccination programme not really understanding much about what the HPV vaccine was for. She took the information leaflet given by the nurse to her mother, who talked to her about it, explaining that the HPV vaccine offers protection for six years. Her mother thought it was a good idea to get the vaccine but she gave Amelia the choice. Amelia also talked with her school friends about it.
 
Amelia explains that she didn’t know enough about the vaccine to be concerned. She was worried about having a bad reaction to it like having a high temperature, feeling dizzy or sick. She said the jabs hurt a little but she had none of the bad reactions the nurse talked about. Over a period of six months, Amelia had three injections every two months.
 
Amelia feels that girls her age are sensible and know that the HPV vaccine doesn’t protect against unwanted pregnancies and STI’s.
 

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