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.
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.