By Denis Campbell
Schoolgirls should be vaccinated against Britain’s commonest sexual infection when they receive their cervical cancer jabs, leading doctors are demanding.
Sexual health specialists want all 12- and 13-year-old girls to be immunised against genital warts at the same time as they get a jab protecting them against cervical cancer.
The call has come from the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV, which represents clinicians who staff genito-urinary clinics dealing with people who develop sexually transmitted infections such as herpes and chlamydia. They say the pain and misery involved in getting genital warts is so great that the routine vaccination of girls is needed to tackle the condition, which affects about 200,000, mainly young, people every year.
Since 2008, 12- and 13-year-olds have been offered a series of three jabs to vaccinate them against cervical cancer. About 80% receive the injections, which offer 95% to 100% protection against the human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes the disease. HPV also causes genital warts, as well as conditions such as skin warts, verrucas and several other rarer cancers.
(Note from SaneVax: As if it is not enough to risk the health of young girls throughout the United Kingdome with one relatively untested vaccine with little proven benefit; now physicians are calling for a second one with even more reported adverse events occurring after its use. What are they thinking?)