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Public Cervix Announcement

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and CCI is shedding light on one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, human papillomavirus (HPV). In 2019,…

on January 3, 2023

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and CCI is shedding light on one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, human papillomavirus (HPV). In 2019, Ali Wong proclaimed in her Netflix comedy special, “everybody has HPV!” That’s because most people who have ever had sex get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives, according to the American Cancer Society.

HPV, which consists of a large group of related viruses that can cause warts on the skin, can be passed from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact. However, it is more commonly spread through sexual activity, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

A common misconception about HPV is that it only affects women. But did you know men can get HPV, too? In fact, LGBTQIA+ men and men living with HIV/AIDS are at higher risk of HPV-related health problems.

While HPV often clears up on its own, in some cases, it can cause more severe health problems like cancer. For example, did you know that HPV is almost always the cause of cervical cancer? This makes prevention all the more important.

Here are a few preventative measures the CDC recommends to lower your chance of getting HPV:

Get vaccinated. HPV vaccines, approved for both men and women in recommended age groups, can prevent infection of certain types of HPV, including HPV-related cancers.

Get screened for cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that people ages 25 to 65 get a primary HPV test every five years. Some people may find out they have HPV when they get an abnormal Pap test result during their cervical cancer screening.

Use condoms every time you have sex. While HPV can infect areas a condom cannot cover, using condoms correctly every time you have sex can lower your chances of getting HPV.

You can get vaccinated and screened for cervical cancer at any one of CCI’s health centers in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Schedule your appointment today!

Related Event:

Candid Conversations: Cervical Cancer Prevention 

When: Thu, Jan 26, 2023, 6:30 PM EST

Where: Casey Community Center 810 South Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

CCI Health Services, in partnership with the Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., invites Montgomery County residents to attend a FREE presentation and workshop on cervical cancer in celebration of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! Join CCI’s team of clinicians as they walk attendees through the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer in a collaborative and nonjudgmental environment. Register here.

Share CCI’s Cervical Health campaign on Social Media

January is #CervicalCancerAwarenessMonth! Learn more, get vaccinated, and get screened at any one of CCI Health Services’ locations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. https://cciweb.org/

On Thursday 1/26, CCI Health Services, in partnership with the Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is hosting a free candid conversation about cervical cancer at the Casey Community Center. You don’t want to miss this fun event with games & prizes! #CervicalCancerAwarenessMonth tinyurl.com/cervicalcancerpreventionevent

Join CCI Health Services in raising awareness for #CervicalCancer all month long! Your purchase of a #PublicCervixAnnouncement t-shirt will help support CCI’s family planning program. Get yours here: https://www.bonfire.com/store/cci-tees/  #CervicalCancerAwarenessMonth