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CDC takes to Twitter with #CDCchat on HPV

Twitter isn’t just for reading the latest pop news first or informing all your friends what you ate for lunch. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using the social media platform to address the growing need for HPV vaccination.

twitter chatCDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden hosted the Twitter chat on July 29. His main focus was to discuss how the CDC can work with parents and doctors to protect young adults from cancers caused by HPV and to increase HPV vaccination rates.

Before the live chat, CDC tweeted a Vine video, sharing that the organization had its first video on a new Vine account. Dr. Tom Frieden used his Twitter handle, @DrFriedenCDC, to start the discussion. He welcomed five CDC experts to the chat.

According to CDC, “vaccine-preventable HPV infections in teen girls have decreased by more than half since we started vaccinating against HPV in 2006.” This is great news, but it also reminds us that we have more work to do. Two-thirds of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have received the full HPV vaccination series.

Dr. Frieden tweeted the following fact at the beginning of the chat:

He addressed the common viruses and cancers often associated with HPV in women.

He then shared that HPV affects men, as well.

CDC then noted that the coverage could be dramatically increased if young teens got the HPV vaccine each time they got any other vaccine.

We love that organizations are talking about the  need for higher HPV vaccination rates. Taking this discussion to Twitter is just one way to increase the public knowledge of the link between HPV and cancer.

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HPV Vaccines are for Everyone

On January 1, 2012, it officially became legal for a child who is 12 years old or older to get the HPV vaccine without parental consent. And while all the buzz right now is for young girls to get the vaccine, did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending boys get the shot as well?

Getting the HPV shot could save you from Cervical Cancer and Oropharyngeal Cancer.

What is HPV

The Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV is one of the most commonly spread sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. There are over 150 different strands of HPV.

One out of every two sexually active people will most likely contract the virus in their lifetime.

How is it Contacted?

Out of the 150 strands, 40 of them can be transmitted sexually. Any form of genital contact can spread the disease.

Why Should Boys also get the Shot?

While most cases of HPV will go away on their own after a few years, it does have the potential to cause cervical cancer in women. And new studies are showing that it can also cause oropharyngeal that can be found in men and women. Oropharyngeal cancer is a cancer located in the throat.

Getting the HPV shot can also lower the risk for anal cancer which can also occur in men and women.

STD Screenings

If you’ve never the HPV shot, and are worried about being a carrier, find a STD testing lab in your area. An STD lab will be able to screen you specifically for HPV.

If you are currently sexually active, be on the safe side and get tested. Not only does testing give you piece of mind, but it will be beneficial to your sexual partners. Getting screened for HPV might just save your life.

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