Anyone with a vagina - cervical screening campaign

Discussion in 'News and Current Affairs' started by LinchPin, 29 Jun 2019.

  1. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey Nearly 63 - oh dear! Moderator

    Moot point is that if a campaign with high impact gets more people who have a cervix into the screening program and saves some lives, then it's job done imo.

    In a way it is sad that Vagina is considered a shock word in this day and age.

    The take up rate is appallingly low for smear tests especially amongst young people, who are at highest risk, and we need to do all we can to get at risk people to get over there hang-ups (genital appearance & smell when I read a NHS report some while back) and tbh even if the use of the C word, with much more shock value, in advertising is what it takes to achieve this than so be it. I'd rather there be a hundred 'Offended of Tunbridge Wells' in a fret than one dead person whose life could've been saved.

    The debate over terminology use is a non-starter for me - the real debate is why people do not take up all the NHS screening opportunities available to them and what should be done to increase uptake rates.
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  2. winjim

    winjim Iron pony

    I don't know but I could imagine that some people would see the test as part of the experience of being a woman so might wish to have it done, or a version of it, as part of that.
  3. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    And me, I'm not put off by the lingo either.
    I'm put off by the actual test!
    Still go, though: I figure that if the NHS makes the effort to organize a nation wide screen at no cost to us, we should attend.
    As a non UK national, I know well that women on the continent have to pay for most gynecological checks.
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  4. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Make that 5 women. The test isn’t especially pleasant but better than the potential alternative of having undetected late stage cervical cancer
  5. "Make that 5 cervix havers." surely?
  6. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    This one of the five is perfectly happy to be identified as a woman, thank you.
  7. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    As am I. My identity as a woman is also not somehow threatened by the use of language that includes trans men with cervixes.
  8. alicat

    alicat Legendary Member

    Yep, me too.
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