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Use new material to get out HPV message

Educate adolescents and young women about human papillomavirus (HPV) with new materials provided by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) "Be Confident!" campaign.

The program, supported by the Fund to Prevent Cervical Cancer and Merck & Co., features brochures, posters, articles, and a public service announcement to encourage informed decisions about cervical health issues. The materials build upon AWHONN's 2008 publication, HPV Counseling: A Clinician Resource. The new brochure and companion poster, available in English and Spanish, feature realistic situations of young women discussing HPV and HPV vaccination with friends, family, and health care providers. The material is designed to encourage open discussions between young women and their parents and health care providers.

A heavy emphasis of the campaign reaches out to the Hispanic community, as Hispanic females have the highest incidence of cervical cancer among all groups of women and often experience disparities in access to cervical cancer screening and access to information related to cervical cancer screening and prevention.

AWHONN is distributing the brochures and posters to health care providers and community health settings. Single copies of the brochure and poster are available for download at the AWHONN site, www.awhonn.org; click on the "AWHONN Rolls Out Be Confident! HPV Campaign" link on the home page to access the download links.