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Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 2 Jun 2008 18:38

I was talking to the girl students in catering this morning ( I support one of them} One of them said ' you dont need a smear test till you are 25 do you?'

As we talked more I learnt that the 5 girls aged 17 to 22 had little knowledge of smear tests and didnt even know why they were needed.!! It worried me a great deal and Im thinking of asking the college council to promote the importance of smear tests as they have chlamydia,

What do you think?

Caz xx


Christina Report 2 Jun 2008 18:42

essential i would say caz good idea

at my daughter school the local doctor is on hand once a week for advice on everything and anything
he has a special unit on site and its all confidential and has proved popular with the kids

chris x

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 2 Jun 2008 18:42

maybe they are not sexually active ?


CATHKIN Report 2 Jun 2008 18:43

It`s different in Scotland , Caz --don`t know why --20-60. CHLAMYDIA is increasing too and there`s a swab now that the patient can do themselves , don`t need to see a nurse , but I would pick and choose my patients -imagine where they might put it!!!
Ros xx


CATHKIN Report 2 Jun 2008 18:44

forgot to add -must be sexually active to have smear

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 2 Jun 2008 18:44

That sounds a very good idea Christina,

Hayley, they are all sexually active , 2 of them are Mums. I was amazed they hadnt been given smears after they had the babies.

Caz xx


Christina Report 2 Jun 2008 18:47

even if not sexually active they need the correct information
chris x


CATHKIN Report 2 Jun 2008 18:47

now you have to wait 12 weeks after having a baby to have smear, it used to be 6 weeks post natal,
Ros xx


Kate Report 2 Jun 2008 18:47

Apparently they've changed it recently, Caz. When I was at uni (I was twenty and had just started uni) I got a letter inviting me but I asked my mum and she said you don't need one unless you're sexually active, and I wasn't at the time. (Still haven't done anything, actually.)

But I happened to see the nurse back home last September so I asked her about it because I thought I would be getting another letter soon and she said because I hadn't had one then, the system has changed since so now you don't get called for one till you're 25 and because I hadn't had one at twenty I wouldn't get a letter about it till I was 25.

From what I've read in America they have them every year but I think that's because they have private health care generally and we have the NHS.

But I can truthfully say that when I was 14 and at school and we had the sexual health talks, although they mentioned smear tests briefly, we never got any more information about how they were done etc. (I knew why they were done but not how until I was twenty and I got the letter about it.) So I agree, I don't think they explain properly about them in sex education at school (or didn't in 1999!).

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 2 Jun 2008 18:49

Having not needing them anymore..."Yeahhhh " I am a little out of touch...I used to have the every 6mths for the last 3 years before my op..


CATHKIN Report 2 Jun 2008 18:49

as I said it seems to be different in England -wonder why?
Ros xx

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 2 Jun 2008 18:50

Lol Ros,

Chlamydia is increasing at a terrifying rate, the risks to future fertility are so high. The girs who have choldren have ones of 18 months and 3!! They all seemed so unworried and one even said 'whats the test for! '

Caz xx

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 2 Jun 2008 18:52

I admire your honesty Kate,

The girl had obviously heard the 25 rule but hadnt realised it was for the non sexually active,

Caz xx

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 2 Jun 2008 18:56

I bet that makes life so much easier Hayley....

Caz xx


Kate Report 2 Jun 2008 18:57

Thanks, Caz. In fact, whenever I get asked if I have "done anything" by doctors, when I say I haven't, I'm always thinking, "You must think I'm lying through my teeth".

I've had two doctors ask me that in the last two years - first time I had a yeast infection but had never had one before so I didn't realise that was what it was, and the second time was last year. Just after I graduated my periods went manic and started coming seven weeks apart, so obviously my doctor wanted to know if I could be pregnant, but I always feel like they won't believe me.

lazy maisy

lazy maisy Report 2 Jun 2008 20:31

around here you dont have smear tests untill you are 25 whether or not you are sexually active
i imagine that you could request one tho if you wanted

the test for chlamydia is only done if you request it and isnt done as routine


CATHKIN Report 2 Jun 2008 22:17

It`s a grey area "sexually active "--what about nuns and non British girls who get the invite to come and their parents open it, it can cause problems,
Ros xx


Onwe Report 2 Jun 2008 22:19

Here in Australia High School Girls are being innoculated against the pap virus.


CATHKIN Report 2 Jun 2008 22:21

They are starting here soon --in UK--AGE 12
Ros xx


Onwe Report 2 Jun 2008 22:22

Also I cannot get over the ignorance in some kids, I can understand parents avoiding all birds and bees and health questions. But even schools are not keeping factual. I have had to answer many very difficult questions, and they are always asked at the most inappropriate time. Comedy is the best source