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HPV Awareness Events

HPV vaccination is cancer prevention… for college students too. Join the Center for Health Education & Wellness, Student Health Center, UT College of Nursing, Knox County Health Department, and UT Medical Center for an HPV awareness event.

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Film Screening and Q&A
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 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, how to prevent HPV, 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.

 

What is HPV?

HPV is one the most common viruses that affects individuals. HPV affects both men and women, including college-aged individuals. 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. The HPV vaccine is recommended for women up to 26 years old and men up to 21 years old.

If you have not gotten the vaccine, or did not finish the series, it is probably not too late to get vaccinated.

For basic facts about HPV visit Take a Stan Against HPV

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