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Sunday, March 4th, marks the 1st Annual International HPV Awareness Day; Spreading Knowledge and Prevention Around the Globe. The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is joining forces with around 80 organizations worldwide to commemorate the 1st Annual International HPV Awareness Day. The goal of the day is to spark conversation and promote a worldwide exchange of ideas, knowledge, and research materials about human papilloma viruses (HPV) and their associated diseases.

Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are sexually transmitted viruses that are very common worldwide. There are more than 200 different HPV types, 80% of people will have HPV at some point in their lifetime and while for many it will cause no harm, some types of HPVs are known to cause certain cancers such as cervical, anal and or pharyngeal cancer. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women and an estimated 270,000 women die of cervical cancer every year.

International HPV Awareness Day is led by the International Papilloma Virus Society and this year the campaign message is Give Love, Not HPV. “We believe love is the foundation of a happy and healthy life. Whether it’s familial love, love between friends or romantic love, it is important that we look after and protect the people we care about.” Said IPVS President Dr Silvia De San José.

As part of the campaign World Assembly of Youth is proud to be part of the first ever International HPV Awareness Day, we believe in raising awareness on this health challenges faced by young people around the world. We also promote education and encourage youth across the world to establish a basis for communities, schools, clinics, universities on 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 to everyone. Everybody needs to be informed and, if adequate, to enroll in a preventive activity that will reduce the risk to develop a cancer associated with HPV.

Let us therefore educate ourselves together with our friends about HVP in order to save a life because early detection is essential in preventing HVP related cancers.

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