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Sapienza and International HPV Awareness Day

March 4 is International HPV Awareness Day to fight and raise awareness on the human papilloma virus that causes tumorous infections both in men and women. 

March 4, 2019 marks the second edition of the International HPV Awareness Day organized by the International Papillomavirus Society IPVS.

Human papillomavirus or HPV is a viral agent that is responsible, only in Italy, for ca. 130,000 cases of benign pathologies – warts – and, in the case of prolonged infection, of tumours including carcinomas of the uterus, vulva, vagina, penis, anus and, in some cases, head and neck tumours. Globally, nearly 5% of all carcinomas are caused by HPV.

Experts believe that, each year, over 600,000 carcinomas are caused by HPV. This is the most important virus that can lead to the insurgence of tumours in the human species. The HPV virus can infect both sexes and, in particular, males are more easily infected with a 60% risk rate at any age.

The most efficient form of prevention and hope to eradicate this virus, both in men and women, is vaccination at a young age. Responsible behaviour is also fundamental to block the spreading of the virus. 

Sapienza University has organised a day for education and awareness raising on health and well-being - "Prevention is a Form of Wisdom" – that will be held on March 14, 2019 in collaboration with non-profitIncontra Donna.

For further information: Focus on HPV

Monday, 04 March 2019

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