HPV Prevention Week

Join the Federation of Medical Women and numerous supporting organizations and individuals who are committed to preventing the spread of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the cancers it can cause.

HPV Prevention Week is designed to bring Canadians together to engage in a series of events and initiatives to increase awareness of an infection that is estimated to affect more than 75% of sexually active men and women in their lifetime. The human papilloma virus causes genital warts, but persistent disease can cause 6 different types of cancer: Oropharyngeal, Penile, Anal, Vaginal, Cervical, and Vulvar.

The inaugural theme is #CANADAvsHPV, as Canada shows international leadership in how we – doctors, nurses, public health officials, NGOs, pharmacists, patients, government and industry – can work together to educate all Canadians to:

  • close the preventative care gap
  • encourage behaviour that could ultimately save lives

Key Messages

  • More than 75% of sexually active men and women will be infected with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) at some point in their lives
  • HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause genital warts and six different types of cancer – Oropharyngeal, Penile, Anal, Vaginal, Cervical and Vulvar – but it is preventable
  • The HPV vaccine is very effective for school-aged children and people of all ages. Those with previous exposure to HPV or a history of HPV-related diseases still benefit from HPV immunization
  • HPV is not a female-only virus. Recent data shows that more than 3,500 Canadians – 1/3 of the males – are diagnosed with HPV-related cancers annually
  • The inaugural HPV Prevention week (#HPVPW17) is October 1 – 7, 2017 with a mission to educate Canadians about HPV prevention. Join the conversation and share what you learn using #CANADAvsHPV

English Fact Sheet (via Federation of Medical Women of Canada)