Join us in raising HPV awareness for women and people with a cervix, living with HIV.

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This September, we're raising awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers for people living with HIV (PLHIV) with the launch of a HPV social media campaign and promotion of the ‘HIV and your cervix’ Factsheet along with the 2019 report into HPV-related cancers awareness among women and trans and gender diverse people including PLHIV and HIV-negative immunocompromised people.

HPV infection is the most important risk factor for cervical cancer. People living with HIV who have a cervix can protect themselves by having a regular HPV Cervical Screening Test (CST). 

“Women and people living with HIV who have a cervix, have roughly five times higher the risk than the general population for developing cervical cancer,” said Jane Costello, Positive Life CEO. “It is a sad reality that we remain under-represented in cervical screening and over-represented in HPV-related cancer diagnoses.”

This September, we encourage all women including trans and gender people with a cervix who are living with HIV, to ask for a CST at their local GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or sexual health clinic. Find where to go to get tested by visiting one of these NSW Sexual Health Clinic locations or call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.


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