Ghana will showcase it’s tremendous achievement against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), one of its leading Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) as health experts converge for the 31st International Papillomavirus Conference, Clinical and Public Health Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.
The five day event, which kick started on Tuesday, February 28, will feature lectures, and oral and poster sessions presenting the latest research results, while covering papillomavirus (PV)-related topics from basic science to global health impact.
Ghana’s achievement against the sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) will be demonstrated by Dr. Kafui Akakpo from the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, and who also works with the team from Catholic Hospital, Battor; one of Ghana’s champions against Cervical cancers and HPV.
The presentations will include;
1. Introduction of primary HPV testing for routine cervical screening in Ghana – The Battor experience.
(Download pdf here: Primary HPV testing for routine Cervical Screening in Ghana)
2. Raising funds through social media to subsidize cervical cancer screening with HPV testing in rural Ghana – The Battor experience.
Three other posters include works done in Battor together with its partners from Charite Hospital, Berlin, Germany:
3. Trial on community health worker supervised self-sampling combined with decentralized HPV testing in Ghana
4. Community perception of self-sampling for cervical cancer screening in Ghana
5. Sexually transmitted infections prevalence in rural Ghana – The accessing* study
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.
It is spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. It is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer. Men and women can get cancer of mouth/ throat, and anus/rectum caused by HPV infections. Men can also get penile HPV cancer. In women, HPV infection can also cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancers. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected making it hard to know when you first became infected.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.