Myths and Misunderstanding About the HPV Vaccine

Date: January 22, 2014Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location:  Online

On January 22nd, in observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Black Women’s Health Imperative will host a webinar “Myths, Misunderstandings and the Truth About the HPV Vaccine.”  This webinar will address several issues that have recently surfaced, including topics such as:

  • Low rates of HPV vaccination among young Black women and fewer Black women completing the vaccine series
  • Sexual health context of cervical cancer and HPV
  • Changes in cervical cancer prevention
  • Concerns about the proper dosage of the vaccine and its long term efficacy

Webinar Guests Include:

  • Deborah Arrindell, Vice President of Health Policy, American Sexual Health Association
  • Jennifer Smith, PhD, MPH, Director, Cervical Cancer Free Coalition
  • Tamika Felder, Founder and President, Tamika and Friends

This webinar will be an opportunity for listeners to interact with experts to gain clarity around the vaccine.

To register for the webinar, please visit this link:

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About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.

A Pap test can help detect abnormal (changed) cells before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented if women get regular Pap tests and follow-up care.

In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month MOORE ON HEALTH encourages:

Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21

Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27

Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12

Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22