Bayr: HPV – a virus that we can defeat

Tests and an effective vaccination against human papillomavirus have been working for many years

Vienna (OTS / SK) On the occasion of the “International HPV Awareness Day” on March 4th, SPÖ MP Petra Bayr calls for funds to be made available worldwide so that what is currently the second largest cause of cancer for young women is finally history. “With vaccinations and regular Pap tests we defeat cervical cancer! “, calls on Petra Bayr, SPÖ area spokeswoman for global development, to greater efforts to eliminate HPV. ****

Not only women are affected: In addition to cervical cancer, human papillomaviruses can also cause cancer of the mouth and throat, cancer of the tonsils or larynx, penile, vulvar and anal cancers. More and cheaper vaccination doses must be available to poor countries in particular. According to Unicef, the pandemic has also led to bottlenecks here.

“Fortunately, there is movement on this topic at least at EU level,” Bayr notes. The aim of the EU Commission is to vaccinate at least 90 percent of young women within the framework of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and to drastically increase the proportion of young men vaccinated in the European Union.

In February of this year, 2.4 million fourteen-year-old girls in Ethiopia were vaccinated against the HPV virus, supported by a WHO campaign. “Education campaigns and public relations work are also necessary in Europe,” demands Bayr in her role as President of the European Parliamentary Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Although the HPV vaccination was included in the free children’s vaccination program for girls and boys, the vaccination coverage rate in Austria in 2020 was only 40 percent. (End) bj / mp

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