Dear Ms Mountjoy,
I refer to your Spotlight SW broadcast last evening on this subject from
an Exeter girls' school. As a good journalist, I am sure you would
agree that information you broadcast should be as complete and as
balanced as reasonably possible. The duty of the BBC is not to project
populist material in the way the government has already done on this
subject, with key facts absent.
This programme, and a previous national BBC programme, focused on the
agent which might trigger cervical carcinoma in later decades. It
rightly stated that immunization did not cover all HPV types. It also
stated that the virus was sexually transmitted.
What neither programme told its wide audience was that predominant
causes of transmission of this oncogenic virus are
1. promiscuous sexual intercourse - thereby increasing the risk of
transmission of the virus and individual infection
2. the absence of barrier contraception.
Thus, the youngster (and perhaps an illogical parent) is not being
properly informed as to how they might best defend themselves.