March 4th Marks the First HPV Awareness Day

The International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS) is declaring March 4th as HPV Awareness Day. It aims to bring together the general public, governments and other stakeholders to promote awareness of - and education - around human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, how it spreads and how HPV infection and the diseases that it can cause can be prevented.1

Did you know?2

  • HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Canada.
  • It is estimated that 75% of sexually active men and women will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime.
  • HPV can be responsible for six types of cancers: cervical, throat, penile, anal, vaginal and vulvar.


1International Papillomavirus Society, 2018. Uniting on 4th March: HPV Awareness Day. Available online: (Accessed February 2018)

2Government of Canada, 2017. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available online: (Accessed February 2018)