Uniting on 4th March: HPV Awareness Day
On 4 March 2017, during the HPV2017 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the International Papillomavirus Society announced the Human Papilloma virus (HPV) Awareness Day initiative to unite women and men, civil societies, governmental organizations, researchers and other stakeholders to prevent and fight against the global HPV cancer epidemic.
The HPV Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the availability of prevention tools, to promote education about HPV, and encourage governments and individuals across the world to take action against HPV to save hundreds of thousands of women and men that can benefit from the HPV vaccine and/or screening for an early detection of cancer.
The HPV Awareness Day will establish a basis for communities, schools, clinics, universities and political and patient groups to think about what can be done to improve spreading the news and to take action. HPV related cancers can be prevented and this knowledge needs to be spread to all. Everybody needs to be informed and, if adequate, to enroll in a preventive activity that will reduce the risk to develop a cancer associated to HPV.
The first edition of the HPV Awareness day will take place on March 4th 2018, and annually thereafter.