HPV Prevention Week (October 3-8)

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A decline in in-person health visits that began in the first wave of the pandemic has resulted in many missing routine checkups and cervical cancer screenings. These vital services can help lessen the effects of the virus. The cancellation of school vaccination programs in most schools has also led to a decrease in HPV vaccine intake. While several regions have local catch-up clinics, they are held in community locations rather than schools, making admissions difficult to track and parents responsible for ensuring their child is up to date on their vaccinations. Governments need to do more to ensure that HPV prevention services are accessible, convenient, and well communicated.

HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI).1 It is responsible for most genital warts and almost all cervical cancer, but it can also lead to anal cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancer, penile cancer, and mouth and throat cancer.2 It is estimated that three in four sexually active Canadians will develop HPV at some point in their lives.3

“Routine check-ups, cervical cancer screenings, and school vaccinations all help protect you, your family, and your community from the potential effects of HPV,” said Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of SHAB. “It’s critical that we get back on track and make HPV prevention a priority.”

October 3approx till 8NS marks the fifth annual HPV prevention week in Canada, an awareness and education initiative that encourages everyone to take action to stop the spread of HPV and the cancers associated with it. It’s within Canada to eliminate certain types of HPV-related cervical cancers, but gaps in HPV prevention efforts threaten that goal.

“The past year has presented Canadian families with particular challenges in accessing screening, but HPV is not taking a break,” said Dr. Vivien Brown, former president of the FMWC and chairman and co-founder of HPV Prevention Week in Canada. “We hope that the events and activities during HPV Prevention Week will help Canadians learn about HPV prevention and make informed decisions about their health.”

Canadians are encouraged to take the following steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from HPV and certain HPV-related cancers:

  • Learn more about STIs, including their signs, symptoms, consequences, and methods of transmission.4th
  • Find out about safe sex methods and use them consistently. Proper and consistent use of a condom during sex can reduce the risk of HPV infection and prevent other STIs. However, remember that the areas of skin not covered by the condom are not protected.5
  • Make informed decisions about your sexual health. Talk to your partner (s) about their STI status and the use of protective measures. Remember that your partners’ previous sexual behavior also puts you at risk, especially if they have had multiple partners.6th
  • Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about HPV vaccination for you and your family members – vaccines are available at Canadato prevent infection from different types of HPV. If you weren’t vaccinated against HPV in school, it can’t be too late.
  • If you are a woman, see your doctor regularly for a Pap test and / or HPV DNA test, if recommended and available, even if you have been vaccinated against HPV.7th
  • If you are a man who has sex with men you are at a higher risk of getting HPV infection and should speak to your doctor about getting a vaccine for HPV.8th
  • If you are sexually active, talk to your doctor about HPV prevention. Keep in mind that approximately 75% of sexually active men and women will get at least one HPV infection at some point in their life.9 Most people with healthy immune systems will eventually clear the infection from their bodies, but in some others it can lead to genital warts or cancer.10 The best strategy is prevention.

Founding partners of the HPV Prevention Week are FMWC, SOGC and Merck Canada Inc., whose support continues to make the HPV Prevention Week possible. HPV Prevention Week initiatives happening everywhere Canada contain:

on Monday 4th OctoberNS, SHAB will host a live Facebook event aimed at families seeking information on school vaccination programs and catch-up campaigns. The live discussion will be moderated by SHAB CEO Dr. Jennifer Blake and Toronto Gynecologist Dr. Kim Alexander. They are joined by Dr. Nancy Durand, a gynecologist Toronto Sunnybrook Health Research Center. Further information can be found on the SOGC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sogc.org/.

on Thursday October 7thNS, FMWC will host a live Facebook discussion with live Q&A on the importance of HPV prevention. The following experts, patients and advocates will participate in the discussion:

  • DR. Vivien Brown, Chairman of the HPV Prevention Week
  • Liz Ellwood, Cervical cancer survivor
  • Dr. Sari Kives, Deputy Head of Gynecology St. Michaelis hospital
  • Dr. Chloé Rozon, assistant doctor for OBGYN at Ottawa Hospital

For details or to register, visit https://fmwc.ca/hpv-prevention-week.

To learn more about HPV, visit www.canadavsHPV.ca

About FMWC
The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is a national organization dedicated to the professional, social, and personal advancement of women doctors and the advancement of the well-being of women in both the medical profession and society. Founded in 1924, FMWC is also an independent national member of the Medical Women’s International Association. Further information can be found at: www.fmwc.ca

About SHAB
SHAB is one of Canada oldest national professional organizations. Founded in 1944, the society is dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and promoting women’s health through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and education. The SHAB has grown to over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynecologists, general practitioners, nurses, midwives, and related health professionals in the area of ​​women’s sexual and reproductive health. More information is available at www.sogc.org

For more information or for interviews with Dr. Brown or Dr. Blake to arrange contact: Lauren Douglas, Veritas communication, [email protected]

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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed in September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed in September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed in September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed September 2021)



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Canadian Cancer Society. Human papillomavirus. Available online: https://cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/reduce-your-risk/get-vaccinated/human-papillomavirus-hpv (accessed in September 2021)



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Government of Canada. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/human-papillomavirus-hpv.html (accessed September 2021)

SOURCE Association of Medical Women of Canada

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