Sharda University, Greater Noida, India.
Perception and views on HPV infection and vaccination among students and health care professionals.
The session focused was on cervical cancer prevention in women and girls by vaccination and regular screening at right age with right test.
HPV is a common virus that infects teenagers and adults., Cervical cancer is the most common gynaecologic cancer due to persistence HPV infection.
a. There is a safe, effective vaccine that can protect against cervical cancer., The HPV vaccine works best if received before sexual activity begins.
b. All girls in the age cohort or in the school class/grade/year identified as the target population by the national programme should receive the HPV vaccine.
Because the vaccines do not protect against all HPV types that can cause cervical cancer, girls vaccinated against HPV will still require cervical cancer screening later in their lives.
Cervical cancer is completely preventable., Cervical cancer can be prevented by getting screened – Pap test is recommended in girls or women above 21 years and should be repeated once in every 3 years. If Pap test is combined with HPV DNA test (for women above 30 years of age), then the duration of screening can be increased to 5 years).
Shift from cervical cancer treatment to prevention is the need of the hour. Preventing cervical cancer is better than treating it. HPV vaccination provides safe, effective and long lasting protection against cervical and other cancer due to HPV infection.
September 25, 2018.
PLoS One. 2014 Nov 11;9(11):e112861. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112861. eCollection 2014.
Perception of human papillomavirus infection, cervical cancer and HPV vaccination in North Indian population.