Today is International HPV Awareness Day encouraging people to ask about HPV, Human papilloma virus.

HPV Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the availability of prevention tools, to promote education about HPV, and encourage governments and individuals across the world to take action against HPV to save hundreds of thousands of women and men that can benefit from the HPV vaccine and/or screening for the early detection of cancer and treatment.

The HPV Awareness Day will establish a basis for communities, schools, clinics, universities and political and patient groups to think about what can be done to improve spreading the news and to take action. HPV related cancers can be prevented and this knowledge needs to be shared with all. Everybody needs to be informed and, if adequate, to enrol in a preventive activity that will reduce the risk to develop a cancer associated with HPV.

HPV Action group, of which we are a member, is one of the partner organisations, with the International Papillomavirus Society.

Over 80% of people will be infected by HPV at some point in their life.  While some types of HPV may not have any symptoms and visible signs, there are a few that can harm us and our loved ones. The most harmful HPV types cause cervical, anal, oral, penile and other deadly cancers. The good news is that there are solutions. By increasing awareness and taking preventative measures, we can make the world a safer place for everyone.

For more information visit https://ipvsoc.org/news/4th-march-international-hpv-awareness-day/