HPV Awareness Campaign
On October 3, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) launched a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine awareness campaign aimed at informing and connecting with First Nations communities across BC. This campaign seeks to empower individuals to make informed decisions about their own health and wellness.
What is HPV?
HPV is a highly transmissible and very common sexually transmitted infection. While the majority of HPV infections will disappear over time, in the short term they can cause bumps in the genital area that can become warts. The long term risk after an HPV infection, which may be years, or even decades later, include greater risk of cancers that can develop in the vulva, penis, anus or throat.
The HPV vaccine is routinely given in grade 6 so that children are protected before they are exposed to HPV. Given this, parents and guardians with grade 6 age children are encouraged to have their children vaccinated against HPV. The HPV vaccine is beneficial to all recommended individuals, regardless of gender. Eligible youth who miss out on the vaccine at that time can get it before they turn 19. The HPV vaccine is also free for certain groups who are older than 19. For more information on the HPV vaccine and eligibility criteria, please visit: Immunize BC.
The HPV Vaccine
What are the benefits of the HPV Vaccine?
There are two options for cervical cancer screening.
Cervix screening = Cervix self-screening or a Pap test
Cervix self-screening test: