By ELIZABETH MERAB More by this Author Before the end of September, the government will begin a nationwide campaign to vaccinate young girls aged 10 against the risk of contracting cervical cancer.The vaccine will be given free of charge at about 9,000 public, private and faith-based health facilities countrywide.The vaccine will also be given to girls who are not in school but fall in this age group.What is HPV?HPV stands for human papillomavirus.Depending on the strain, HPV is an infection that causes warts in various parts of the body. The virus is usually harmless and goes away by itself, but some types can lead to cancer or genital warts. Related Stories Girls set for free cancer vaccine Catholic doctors oppose cervical cancer vaccination Kenya’s women don’t have to die of this cancer Rollout of cervical cancer vaccine deferred Advertisement SEXUAL CONTACTThere are over 100 varieties of HPV, more than 40 of which are passed through sexual contact and can affect your genitals, mouth, or throat.According to the World Health Organisation, virtually all cervical cancer cases (99 per cent) are linked to genital infection with HPV and it is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract.It’s important to note… Read full this story
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