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Most people will get the most common STI at some point in their life. It's called human papillomavirus, or HPV, and has more than 100 different strains. Some strains of the virus cause genital warts, and some cause abnormal cell changes that can lead to cancer.
You might know that HPV causes cervical cancer and you might have noticed a huge drive to get women vaccinated. What you probably don’t know is that men can also get HPV, can pass HPV on, and are at risk of penile, anal & throat cancers. So why don’t we don’t talk about this?
This week, Media Storm hears from men who are living with the effects of HPV, and those who used their experiences to change the vaccination process for boys and men - after a long battle with the UK Government. Plus, broadcaster, writer, shagony aunt, sex educator and script consultant on Netflix's Sex Education Alix Fox joins us in the studio to discuss how STIs are represented in the press, the complicated reporting of Monkeypox, and why TV shows and films have such a big responsibility to portray STIs accurately.
The episode is hosted by Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia). Research by Camilla Tiana. Music by Samfire @soundofsamfire.
Speakers:Jamie Rae @TCF_Foundation @throatcancerfoundation Steve Bergman @steveb2025George Light @georgelight74 Jason Mendelsohn @SupermanHPV supermanhpv.comDr Tanaya Narendra @dr_cuterus Alix Fox @AlixFox
Resources:Throat Cancer Foundation throatcancerfoundation.orgThe Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Support Group theswallows.org.ukHPV Action hpvaction.org
Sources:HPV Vaccine and College-Age Men: A Scoping Review https://bit.ly/3Q4IgkfJCVI Interim Statement on Extending HPV Vaccination to Adolescent Boys https://bit.ly/3Rt8oGxJCVI statement on HPV vaccination of men who have sex with men https://bit.ly/3wJWnoa HPV and Men – Fact Sheet https://bit.ly/3R7cS5G HPV vaccine set to be extended to boys, after pressure on equality grounds https://bit.ly/3CLwA2O
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