STBBI :: Human papillomavirus (HPV) Video
Human. Papilloma. Virus.
By: Jessica Yee, Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Knowledge is power. First Nations youth can prevent HPV.
Educating our communities about sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) has explicitly been identified as a priority health need, particularly to our youth. First Nations youth between the ages of 14 to 24 have disproportionately high rates of STI’s across Canada, some 3 to 4 times the national average, and similar to other health statistics, is primarily due to lack of culturally appropriate information, access to services, and vulnerability to other health risks.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, and the Aboriginal Health Initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (SOGC), together with 3 First Nations youth in Ontario created this short 3 minute video about the human papillomavirus. The goal of this video is to put a human face to the virus; youth can get information in a way that is relevant to them.
The initial idea and first scripts came from a dinner hosted by the AFN Youth Council, the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network in November 2008. Youth in attendance immediately took to the task of understanding the nature of the virus, breaking down the realities behind the statistics, and creating effective youth prevention messaging.
Here in this video we see youth talking directly to other youth about HPV, and witness first hand how things like cultural knowledge and pride can positively attribute to reducing the spread of STI’s in our First Nations communities.
What is HPV? Human papillomavirus
HPV is not the same thing as HIV! Too often youth confuse these very similar acronyms.
Human papillomavirus HPV is a sexually transmitted virus. Some strains of this virus can cause cervical cancer. As discussed in the video, a vaccine has been developed to prevent some strains of this virus in women.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus may be sexually transmitted. AIDS can develop as a result of an HIV infection. Please note that there is no vaccine to prevent HIV.
Should I get vaccinated for HPV?
The decision to get vaccinated for HPV is a personal one; you are the best person to make that decision. The purpose of this website is to provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision.
Below are a series of websites and resources on HPV that may be helpful to you. We also encourage you to talk to your parents and health care providers about HPV and the HPV vaccine.
HPV and Related Links
- hpvinfo.ca (SOGC)
- sexualityandU.ca (SOGC)
- Public Health Agency of Canada – HPV Frequently Asked Questions
- Health Canada – HPV It’s Your Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – HPV (USA)
- HPV.com (Merck & Co., Inc., makers of Gardisil)
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network
- Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (information on HIV and AIDS)
- Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet (First Nations Centre at the National Aboriginal Organization, ext. 48 kB)
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