The Guard Against HPV, a campaign supported by MSD in the Philippines, highlights the urgent need to increase awareness and understanding of HPV (human papillomavirus) diseases especially since most HPV infections show no symptoms at all.
Although some of the infections from this commonly occurring virus with more than 100 types usually go away on their own, at least 14 types of HPV have been found to be cancer-causing. HPV-related cancers and diseases are cervical cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancers, penile cancer, anal cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and genital warts.
Since HPV diseases like cervical cancer are vaccine-preventable, representatives from groups like Cervical Cancer Prevention Network of the Philippines, Philippine Dermatological Society of the Philippines, and Philippine Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology shed light on the hotly debated vaccination issue, while underscoring the need for a preventative approach.
Awareness and willingness to take action are imperative because HPV vaccination works best when given before a person becomes exposed to the virus.
Niña Corpuz was presented as the new campaign ambassador of Guard Against HPV during the advocacy launch.
Representative mother and youth officers from Lingkod E.R. reiterated the value of early protection such as vaccination during the launch, in addition to exchanging valuable insights on adolescence as the ideal time to talk about personal health.
The campaign aims to empower mothers to be one of the primary advocates for their children’s health. It also seeks to engage the youth as well promote the conversation about protecting their health to enjoy a future free from HPV diseases.
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