The HPV vaccine has been undeniably helpful in protecting against cancers caused by human papillomavirus, more commonly known as HPV. Because of the effectiveness of the vaccine, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommends that preteen boys and girls at age 11 or 12 are vaccinated so they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus. Young women through age 26 can get the HPV vaccine and young men can get vaccinated through age 21. The sooner young people start and complete the three-dose series, the more effective the vaccine can be. Yet, controversy surrounds the vaccine because parents may see it as connected to an STI or sexual activity. In reality, it’s about the prevention of various types of cancer that could affect any individual at any phase of their life.
Think About the Link - The campaign promotes awareness around the link between certain viruses and cancer. According to a survey conducted by the Foundation, more than half (53 percent) of adults are not aware HPV can lead to cancer if untreated. The link between the HPV virus and cancer should be the focus rather than talking about HPV as though it is like any other STI. Protect against the virus and protect against the cancer, it can be as simple as that.