HPV is a common virus that affects men and women. It can cause the development of cancers and disease in both males and females. Vaccinating both young males and females against HPV can help protect them from developing a number of cancers later in life.
To provide the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with information about the free HPV vaccination program, audio translations in language have been produced and are available on the Australian Government’s National HPV Vaccination Program website.
HPV information is available in the following languages: Alyawarre, Anindilyakwa, Anmatjerre, Central Arrernte, Gurrindji, Luritja Pintupi, Martu Wangka, Murrinh-Patha, Ngaanyatjarra, NT Kriol, Pitjantjatjara, Tiwi, Torres Strait Island Creole, WA Kriol, Walmajarra, Wangkatha, Warlpiri, Western Arrernte, Yankunytjatjara, and Yolngu Matha. The audio files can be played on the website, or downloaded and saved to your computer.
Parents of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12-13 years are being urged to take advantage of the free HPV vaccination available in schools across Australia. Males aged 14-15 years are also eligible to receive the free HPV vaccine until the end of 2014 as part of the catch-up program.
The second dose of the HPV vaccinations is currently being given, with the third and final dose available later this year. If young Indigenous males and females have missed a dose, they should talk with their school, GP or health clinic about a catch up dose.
For more information on the free HPV vaccination program, or to download information in language head to the HPV website.