The HPV Vaccination Now social media campaign is an initiative of the HPV Workgroup of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance. This campaign is dedicated to increasing awareness of and positive attitudes toward the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in South Carolina. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 14 million Americans become infected with HPV each year. Although most HPV infections clear without treatment, the virus can lead to genital warts and numerous cancers in both men and women, including cervical cancer, genital cancers (vulva, vagina, penis, and anus), and oropharyngeal cancer (cancers of the head, neck, and throat). The HPV vaccine is safe and effective. It is recommended for both boys and girls between 11 and 12 years of age. This microsite is designed to provide HPV vaccination resources to parents of pre-teens and teenagers.
Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Project - Pee Dee Region Resources:
- South Carolina Central Cancer Registry presentation
- Mission: HPV Cancer-Free
- National HPV Vaccination Roundtable
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. Learn how you can protect the children in your life from this cancer-causing virus.
- American Cancer Society: Learn about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its link to cervical cancer and many types of other cancer. You can also get information on testing for HPV and on the HPV vaccines.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Doctors recommend that all girls and boys get the HPV vaccine series at age 11 or 12 — though it's possible to get the vaccine as early as age 9. HPV vaccination can protect people from serious cancers later in life.
- Mayo Clinic: Who needs the HPV vaccine? How many doses? What about side effects? Get answers to these questions and more.
- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC): The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is an anti-cancer vaccine. It helps protect girls and boys from certain types of cancer caused by HPV infection, including cervical, anal and throat cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years so they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus.
- Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina: Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina is a member state of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition focused on eliminating cervical cancer through screening, follow-up care, vaccination, and education.
- Cervivor: Cervivor is a nonprofit organization that brings cervical cancer survivors together and helps to spread awareness, education, support and more.
- Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC): Facts about cervical cancer and other HPV-associated cancers in South Carolina. Facts about adolescent vaccination in South Carolina.
- National Cervical Cancer Coalition: A program of the American Sexual Health Association: The National Cervical Cancer Coalition's/HPV Cancer Coalition's (NCCC's) focus is on providing the public with accurate information and interactive navigation programs that will enhance the knowledge of women and family members, friends, clinicians and educators (stakeholders) on issues related to cervical cancer, Pap testing, prevention vaccines, HPV disease and related cancers, survivorship, health disparities and general related cancer issues.
- South Carolina Cervical Cancer Awareness Initiative: The South Carolina Cervical Cancer Awareness Initiative promotes statewide education and public awareness regarding cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination cancer prevention.