SA targets Cervical Cancer with HPV Vaccine Campaign

A4HPV infection is associated with virtually all cases of cervical cancer

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a serious disease affecting women around the world. HPV is among the most common sexually-transmitted diseases, but most women clear the infection within two years without complications. However, long-term infection with high-risk strains of HPV can lead to the development of cervical dysplasia and cancer.

Cervical cancer is second on the list of the top-ten cancers affecting South African women. Environmental and lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise cause 90% of cancers.

South Africa is not only protecting women against abuse, but also against cervical cancer

The Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, has launched the government’s HPV vaccination campaign, which has so far targeted 9 – 12 year-old girls. The campaign has been running for the past two months and is ongoing.

After six months, the girls who have already been vaccinated will receive the second dose. The aim is to vaccinate 500 000 girls in 17 000 schools. South Africa is one of the few countries on the continent to provide this service.

The vaccine dose costs between R700 and R1 000 in the private sector.

Let’s stand together and fight this disease.

Zizipho Siqumbu

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