March 4 is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Awareness Day; HPV Vaccine should be offered free of charge to everyone regardless of gender!
World Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Awareness Day is celebrated every year on March 4th.
HPV is a type of virus that can be transmitted between people, regardless of gender, through different forms of contact (skin-to-skin or mucosal contact), often sexually. There are more than 100 different types of HPV, some of which can cause genital warts, some of which can cause different types of cancer, and some of which may go unnoticed because they do not pose any physical risk.
Regular smear tests, condom use during sexual intercourse and HPV vaccination are recommended to protect against the risks that HPV may pose. In order to protect against HPV, experts state that HPV vaccination from the age of 9 and especially before the first sexual activity is the most appropriate period in terms of timing.
In addition to informing the public about HPV by experts, the right to access treatment, which is the most fundamental right of everyone, should be offered free of charge to everyone in an equal and accessible manner in HPV diagnosis and treatment. Today, on the TRNC Ministry of Health website, it is stated as ‘It is recommended free of charge for girls and paid for boys’. As Queer Cyprus Association, we hope that everyone will have equal access to HPV vaccine regardless of gender. You can consult the gynecology, infectious diseases, dermatology departments of Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital or other hospitals and consult experts on the subject and get more detailed information.