On International Women’s Day, It’s Your Life (a campaign organised by the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) and Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Malaysia) launched a new video series that sheds light on the human papillomavirus and the steps that can be taken to prevent it.
It features Professor Dr Woo Yin Ling (Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, University Malaya Medical Centre) and Dato’ Dr Saunthari Somasundaram (President and Medical Advisor, NCSM) – two charismatic women who champion women’s health issues. These experts share their insights on the viral infection and will continue to explain more in upcoming episodes, including the HPV vaccine and common misconceptions.
Here’s what we learned about HPV from the first episode:
- There are 200 types of HPV – 14 types are associated with cancer and can be prevented if we get vaccinated and go for screening.
- It affects both men and women.
- HPV is an infection not a disease in itself, so there is no treatment for the infection per se.
- It is so common that nearly all sexually active people will get the virus at some point in their lives.