SO. I was at the doctor this arvo to get my 'ladies pill' script refilled and decided I'd pack in a few questions to get my money's worth - I actually booked in with the 'lady doctor' such was my desire to not get ripped off (see: here).
So, after she went through the typical 'you're happy with the current pill you're on?' and started scribbling out the new script, I jumped in with the 'I had some questions about that cervix vaccine?'...
Now, some of you should be aware of this - it hit the news this week. They released a vaccine to the public on Monday, that, administered over three shots, prevents four strains of HPV - two of the strains are directly linked to the development of cervical cancer, the other two are more complimentary. It's not on the PBS yet (ie, costs the full $155 per needle (x3!)) and they're currently lobbying to get the needles done at school, similar to the Rubella etc they do at the mo'. The main issue is a bit of a sticky one... for the needle to be fully effective (ie, 100% effective at preventing the 4 main HPV strains) it has to be administered before the girl is sexually active - they're currently estimating between 9 and 14.
"Well, it's not yet in the computers and I don't have any information, and to be fully effective it should be administered before a girl is sexually active... how long have you been sexually active?"
*quick calculation and cringe*
"Um... about eight years...?"
"well.... I suppose I could handwrite a script and you can go think about it...it DOES say it's for people aged up to 26..."
I also managed to walk out of there knowing that my clicky knees aren't quire ready for the gunk clearing tube to go through them, and a referral for a blood test so I can get my Iron/B12/folate tested (beats my last appointment where the doctor just told me that, as a vegan, I should 'um, just watch your iron and calcium - I think that's what vegetarians don't get much of' (end consultation)).
I haven't got the vaccine yet - seems v few places have it in stock atm, so I'm gonna hafta see about getting it ordered in and making the doctors appointment (and getting my dad to pay as he offered and I don't have $450 to splash around in atm - I think if he hadn't offered I wouldn't have decided to get it as it's obviously a bit, er, late for me to start.. but YOU try and have that convo with your parents!!!).
As I was milling around the chemists waiting for my boring-sounding-microgynon-pill to be ready, I walked past a woman who looked familiar... OMG! my internal monologued tooted IT'S YOUR FIRST BOYFRIENDS MOTHER!! HIDE!!!! And I did. Until the chemist called my full name out loud to pick up my script
Chances of running into the mother of the boy who deflowered you on the same day you're refilling your pill script and contemplating a jab directly linked to how long you've been hitting it?