January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about HPV, a leading cause of cervical cancer. Although 79 million Americans have HPV, many don’t know they have it or don’t have access to resources to find out or understand their status. Fortunately, cervical cancer and HPV are completely preventable, and there are many free resources online and on social media that young people can use to educate themselves about cervical health and become empowered to take action.
Throughout January, providers, health organizations, and HPV activists are using the hashtag #CervicalHealthMonth on Twitter to share information, fact sheets, infographics, testing resources, and more. Follow this hashtag to keep up with the conversation happening online and to find a wide variety of information on cervical health. Plus, you can easily find clinics and organizations that exist in your area, if you want to get involved with their work or utilize their services.
The Cervical Cancer Awareness Community
This Facebook page is a great place to be if you’re looking to learn more about cervical cancer, HPV prevention, or simply want to talk about the issue with others. Since this is an ongoing community page, you can find new content posted regularly, making it a great resource to use throughout January and beyond.
Scarleteen focuses on providing sexual health information to young people and covers every topic under the sun on their website from birth control to healthy relationships. They have a plethora of information and articles about HPV, from a 101-style post on what HPV is to an advice article on what to do if you have HPV but don’t want to tell your partner. Check out over 10 pages of HPV-related search results on the Scarleteen website.
Fenway Health created a free e-book that explains all of the important information you should know about HPV. This is a great guide to keep a link to or download to reference in the future, since it’s filled with great facts and tips.
A Naked Notion
This YouTube channel was created in partnership with Laci Green and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and it explores sexual health topics aimed at young people. The video below was made in honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month and provides a comprehensive look at how to keep your cervix healthy. Also, Planned Parenthood and Laci Green are both great resources in general for sexual and reproductive health online. You can find more resources about cervical health on Planned Parenthood’s website.
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