With her Health Minister hat on Katy Gallagher is crowing over the ACT leading the national in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates.
“Data released by the federal government shows that 80% of 15 year old girls in the ACT have completed the full HPV course, performing above the national benchmark of 71%. In addition, the ACT has the highest vaccination rates when compared to all other states and territories,” the Health Minister said.
HPV is the name for a group of viruses that cause skin warts, genital warts and some cancers. HPV types that can cause genital warts or cervical cancer can be spread by direct, skin-to-skin contact during all types of sexual activity with a person who has the virus. Anyone who has ever had sexual contact could have HPV.
Those who have not yet taken up the vaccine are advised to ask their GP.