It's The World's First HPV Prevention Week!
From October 1-7 2017, I Boost Immunity will be recognizing HPV Prevention Week – the world’s first!
This event is designed to enable increased discussion, engagement, and knowledge about the devastating illnesses caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
It’s also a great opportunity to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated!
What makes HPV so dangerous? Here are some facts from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, who have created this event:
- More than 75% of sexually active men and women will be infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives.
- HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause genital warts and six different types of cancer — Oropharyngeal, Penile, Anal, Vaginal, Cervical and Vulvar — but it is preventable.
- HPV is not a female-only virus. Recent data shows that more than 3500 Canadians — 1/3 of them males — are diagnosed with HPV-related cancers annually.
- Almost all incidences of cervical cancer are preceded by a persistent HPV infection with a high risk HPV type.
- The HPV vaccine is very effective for school-aged children and people of all ages. Those with previous exposure to HPV or a history of HPV-related diseases still benefit from HPV immunization.
- HPV is linked to the development of cervical cancer which is the 4th leading cause of death in all females
- Regardless of where HPV presents, there is currently no cure for an HPV infection. Prophylactic vaccines remain the most effective way to prevent HPV infection and HPV-related diseases.
In other words, HPV vaccines = a (cervical, anal, penile, vaginal, oropharyngeal, vulvar) Cancer Vaccine!