INTERNATIONAL HPV AWARENESS DAY CAMPAIGN

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Today marks the 2nd annual International HPV Awareness Day; spreading knowledge and prevention around the globe. The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is joining forces worldwide to commemorate the 2nd 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.

The International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS) is excited to proclaim March 4th as “International HPV Awareness Day”. This day will serve to promote awareness of and education around HPV infection, how it spreads, and how HPV infection and the diseases that it causes can be prevented.

The 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 enroll in a preventive activity that will reduce the risk to develop a cancer associated with HPV.

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.

As part of the campaign World Assembly of Youth is proud to be part of the second 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.

For more information about International HPV Awareness Day visit www.givelovenothpv.org