Sexual Health

Delilah

Female
Age at interview: 15

Brief outline: Delilah took part in the HPV vaccination programme for girls aged 12 to 13 years in school year 8. Delilah said that, during school assembly, a nurse talked about the aims of the vaccination programme. Delilah thinks that more information is needed for girls her age about HPV, cervical cancer and sexual health.

Background: Delilah is a full-time student and is busy working towards her GCSE exams. She lives at home with her parents and siblings. Ethnic background: English.

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Delilah took part in the HPV vaccination programme for girls aged 12 to 13 years in school year 8. Invitation to take part and information about the HPV vaccine was provided by a nurse in a school assembly. Delilah said they were given a summary of the programme and its main aim; to reduce the chances of developing cervical cancer. In general, she thinks that more information is needed for girls her age about HPV, cervical cancer and sexual health.
 
Delilah’s parents read the information leaflet and thought it was a good idea for her to get vaccinated and were impressed that the programme was available at school.  Her parents signed the consent form but didn’t feel the need to discuss it at length or look for more information elsewhere. Delilah’s only concern regarding the HPV vaccination programme was whether the jab was going to hurt!
 
Over a period of six months, Delilah got three jabs at intervals of two months. Each time before receiving the injection one of the nurses asked her the same three questions: Are you allergic to anything? Are you pregnant? Are you on any medication? After she received the jab, Delilah felt a bit sick and her arm ached for a couple of days. 
 
Delilah thinks that the HPV vaccine is just another type of vaccination to protect the health of young women. She feels that parents who think the HPV vaccine will influence the sexual behaviour of their daughters are wrong. She thinks more information is needed in schools about the benefits and limits of the HPV vaccination.

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