Why the confusion about HPV myths?
Some might think that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is a fairly new term. Well, it’s fairly new to the public, and that could be the reason for HPV myths spreading like news.
It was discovered in 1956 (somewhat new-ish), but it was 1984 when the sexually transmitted virus was linked with cervical cancer, according to Austin Community College. And with most things that are newly discovered, there is a lot of misinformation mixed with hints of credible research.
To clear up some confusion around HPV, we connected with Toronto-based Dr. Vivien Brown, past president of the FMWC. She was helping to promote Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (October 16 to 20), led by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. The campaign offers more than 100 free pap clinics across Canada.