Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said she “could not be silent” on potential state laws that would mandate the HPV vaccine for children born after 2009 and sex education for all public school students.

Warren said she’s OK with traditional vaccines like those that prevent measles and mumps. But as a mother of a 9-year-old, she said a proposed state law that would require the HPV vaccine is a step too far. 

HPV is a common virus spread through intimate contact that can lead to certain types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

National Cancer Institute

The number of people vaccinated against human papillomavirus in Monroe County has grown, though it’s still below the levels sought by government officials and vaccine advocates.

The increased vaccination rates come amid an effort by the New York state legislature to move forward a bill that would make immunization against HPV mandatory for children 11 years and older to attend school.

WATCH: Preventing HPV

Apr 21, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in four Americans is infected with the human papillomavirus, often referred to as HPV. It happens to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans, and yet many Americans don’t understand the severity of this type of infection. The CDC says that each year, more than 42,000 HPV-associated cancers occur. The infection impacts women and men of all backgrounds.

An upcoming screening on May 2nd of the documentary film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic and the panel discussion following the film is an effort to educate and enlighten the community on HPV, in particular, its impact on cervical cancer.

HPV is described by some as “the common cold” of sexually transmitted diseases and yet it can impact people in ways they may not realize or understand. On this edition of Need to Know we examine HPV and discuss how to help prevent it.

Also on the show, the rise of movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp  have helped shift the way theatre productions and films approach intimate scenes. We’ll introduce you to the world of intimacy choreography in Rochester.

And we’ll meet a group of young explorers in our region learning how to use the great outdoors to make important discoveries.