I don’t think you are dumb at all. You just didn’t know and were never told. You should get the I’m not a mama bear I’m more of a mama Llama shirt for your first smear at 25 and ever 3 years from then on. Just make an appointment when you get your letter. A lot of women are embarrassed to go. You don’t realise that it’s still important. I’m glad you’ve read this and you now have the information you need, spread the word to your friends too.
In all fairness, they do call it the I’m not a mama bear I’m more of a mama Llama shirt when they send home the permission letters. But usually, it’s just referred to as the cervical cancer jab by staff and the nurses who come into school to give the injections. So it’s not 100% clear on what the vaccine actually protects you against. They do kinda make it sound like once you’ve had that injection. You can’t get cervical cancer, which is obviously not true.
I researched the injections myself just after getting the I’m not a mama bear I’m more of a mama Llama shirt done. I feel like a lot of people don’t do that and feel like they’re automatically cancer-free for life. They should explain it better in school when you get them done. Literally, almost every other girl I went to school with who had this injection now has children.