Sexual Health

Lara

Female
Age at interview: 13

Brief outline: Lara completed the HPV vaccination programme for girls aged 12 to 13 years when she was in year 8 in 2013. Lara received the Gardasil vaccine which provides protection against cervical cancer and genital warts. She feels that the information leaflet she got at school gave her enough information about the health risks of the papilloma virus and the importance of vaccination.

Background: Lara is in full-time education. She lives at home with her parents and sister and she is a keen rower. Ethnic background: Argentinean/British.

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Lara completed the HPV vaccination programme for girls aged 12 to 13 years in school year 8 in 2013. At school, Lara was given was an information leaflet and consent form to take home to her parents. Lara and her friends read the leaflet and talked about why it was a good idea to get the jabs. She feels that the leaflet provided enough information about the health risks of the papilloma virus and the importance of vaccination. The dates when they would receive the jabs were also provided.
 
Lara received the Gardasil vaccine which provides protection against cervical cancer and genital warts. Each time, before they got the jabs, the nurses asked questions about their general health and if they were pregnant and explained possible side effects of the vaccine like dizziness and feeling sick. Lara felt reassured by the care and support given and thinks that the immunisation day was well organised with one nurse and a student nurse at each table attending each student.
 
Lara didn’t have any of the bad reactions the nurse talked about but her arm went numb for a bit after she got the jab. It happened each time but it was a short-lived feeling.
 
Lara says that the HPV vaccine provides protection only against cervical cancer and genital warts and that young people need to use condoms to protect themselves from other sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

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