The American Cancer Society predicts that about 9,710 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will occur in the United States in 2006 and calculate that about 3,700 women will die from this disease this year. Globally, HPV causes about 470,000 cases of cervical cancer per year, according to the World Health Organization.
Many adolescents, adults and health care providers have a limited understanding of HPV infections, particularly those that are sexually transmitted. Individuals must understand these issues to make informed decisions about the new vaccines. The media will play an exceptionally important role in the public's understanding of the issues surrounding HPV and the vaccines.
WHAT:Online telebriefing about HPV and HPV vaccines. Experts will talk about the epidemiology and risk factors of HPV infections, the relationship of HPV to cervical cancer, and why the vaccine - which prevents a sexually transmitted disease - will be targeted to preteens as well as to adolescents and young adults.
WHEN:Tuesday, May 23, 2006; 1-2 p.m. EDT
WHO:Experts will make brief presentations and then answer questions.
HOW: Reporters are invited to view the live streaming sound and video of the presentations at http://libvid.utmb.edu and call in questions at (800) 214-0745 or toll (719) 457-0700. Passcode is 318384. Reporters may also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in scheduling follow up interviews with teleconference participants or other vaccine experts should contact:
Director of Communications
Infectious Diseases Society of America
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
P: (703) 299-0201
F: (703) 299-0204
M: (202) 320-8626
More information about HPV can be found at http://www.immunizationinfo.org/hpv.cfm.
The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) provides up-to-date, science-based information about immunizations to health professionals, the public, policymakers, and the media. NNii is based at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and is also affiliated with the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Public Affairs Office
301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102
Galveston, Texas 77555-0144
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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