So, adolescent girls are due to start being immunised against Human Papillomavirus later this year. HPV is a very common virus that's transmitted via genitals doing their special nighttime snogs, and is the first link in the 'chain' of factors that causes women to develop cervical cancer in later life. No HPV, no cervical cancer.
What's controversial at this stage is that the ype of vaccine that's been chosen. The government has decided to go with the home grown option: Cervarix is produced by UK-based GlaxoSmithKline. Unlike it's competitor (produced by the equally megalithic Sanofi-Pasteur company), Cervarix doesn't have any cross-protection against - ta daaa! - genital warts. So the government has, for whatever reasons, chosen to maintain this country's penchant for having warty undercarriages. One European commentator was quoted as calling the UK 'the warty man of the continent.' Kinda true: most other european countries are getting the sanofi-pasteur drug instead. It sounds like a horrid infection; it's massively persistent, and the treatments are.. not nice. Are we getting shortchanged for the sake of helping the economy? Or do you think you could weed out a warts sufferer on looks alone, and hopefully avoid rubbing junks with them?
WHO HERE HAS HAD THE DOWNSTAIRS WARTS