Dennison's article gives an excellent example of where the mainstream religions seem to get it wrong.1 A vaccination has been created that will prevent 70% of cervical cancer. It could save hundreds of lives a year in the United Kingdom alone. And it has the potential to reduce the global health burden.
It is to the credit of the Department of Health that this vaccine is being made available to all girls in the UK. However, the decision of a Catholic school, which is unwilling to give the vaccine on school premises, is clearly misguided.
Protection against this virus is unlikely to encourage girls to have more sex; rather it will save lives. It is time we stop tip toeing around the subject, and criticise those who put young lives at risk for ideological reasons.
Sunil Bhopalfifth year medical student University of Leeds School of Medicine