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HPV Awareness Events

HPV prevention is cancer prevention… for college students too. Join the Center for Health Education & Wellness, the College of Nursing, Knox County Health Department, and the Student Health Center for two HPV awareness events.

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic – Film Screening and Q&A
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6pm – 8pm AMB 32

The award winning documentary Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic will be screened. The event is free and features a Q&A with UT’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Anita Blatnik. Students, staff, and faculty will have the opportunity to have their questions answered and learn the facts about HPV and HPV-related cancers, risk reduction, and the vaccine from medical professionals.

Someone You Love follows the lives of five women affected by HPV, the virus that is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer. The documentary discusses what HPV is and the impact it can have on health.

HPV Vaccine Clinic
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11am -1:30pm Wesley Foundation
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11am – 1:30pm Wesley Foundation

The vaccine will be provided by the Knox County Health Department. Vaccines will be available for students, faculty, and staff who are aged 26 or younger. Participants should bring the following:

– Picture ID
– Health insurance card if you have one
– Have you received the HPV vaccine before? If so, approximately what date?

Health insurance is not required to participate. Most people qualify for the patience assistance program that is available to cover the cost of the vaccine. Eligibility for the program will be determined before the vaccine is administered.

No appointment necessary. Participants should plan to spend approximately 30 minutes at the clinic.


What is HPV?

HPV is the human papillomavirus. HPV is one the most common viruses that affects men and women. Typically, the body can clear most HPV related infections but sometimes HPV does not go away and causes health problems, including changing the body in ways that can result in cancer. It is estimated that HPV is the probable cause of 90% of cervical and anal cancers, 70% of vaginal and vulvar cancers, 70% of oropharyngeal cancer (back of the throat), and 60% of penile cancer.

The most common HPV-associated cancer in women is cervical cancer, and in men it is oropharyngeal cancers. Because there is not a way to determine if an HPV infection will lead to cancer, vaccination for men and women is the best prevention tool for HPV related cancers. Most college students can still get the HPV vaccine.

Source: Centers for Disease Control – Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

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