Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. Around 4 in 5 men and women will have HPV at some point in their lives.
But our research has found that many people in Yorkshire are unaware of what HPV is and how it is spread. We’ve also discovered that 1 in 2 people in the region believe there is a stigma associated with HPV.
HPV Explained aims to reduce stigma and address misconceptions about the virus by sharing the facts and encouraging conversations.
Women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should attend cervical screening when invited, including those who have had the HPV vaccine, those in long-term relationships, and those who are not currently sexually active.
If you have been invited for cervical screening, contact your GP practice today to arrange an appointment.
Kelly Wilson from Grimsby found out she had HPV when she was 27.
“I went for cervical screening, and it showed I had HPV and the cell changes it had caused were very close to becoming cancer. They needed to be treated as soon as possible. I had a general anaesthetic, and they removed the abnormal cells.
“To say I was frightened is an understatement. I was young and very much in a mindset of these things don’t happen to people like me.
“We need to step up and speak out and say these things are not taboo. Cervical screening takes just a few minutes and can save your life.”