Give love, not HPV: first annual international HPV awareness day

Give love, not HPV: first annual international HPV awareness day

OTTAWA, March 2, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – On Sunday 4 March, the Canadian Public Health AssociationHPV Awareness, and the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, will be joining forces with over 80 organizations worldwide to mark the first 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 papillomaviruses (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 HPV are known to cause certain cancers such as cervical, anal and oropharyngeal cancer.

Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women; in Canada, cervical cancer accounts for 2% of all new cancer cases in women while the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers increased by about 50% between 2000 and 2012.

International HPV Awareness Day is led by the International Papillomavirus Society and this year the campaign message is Give Love, Not HPV.

For more information about International HPV Awareness Day visit

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