Human Papillomavirus: Health Education

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th January 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to (a) increase public understanding of HPV and (b) raise public awareness of the benefits of HPV screening alongside the roll-out of HPV primary screening in the cervical cancer screening programme.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Alongside the roll out of human papillomavirus (HPV) primary screening, Public Health England has produced a new range of leaflets and letters to inform women of the new test and screening pathway.

The Helping You Decide leaflet informs women about the new HPV screening test, the benefits and risks of cervical screening as well as explaining the possible results from a screen test. This leaflet is sent out with the invitation letter and is available in ten different languages. It can be viewed at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/846501/Cervical_screening_helping_you_decide_HPV.pdf

The letters and leaflets were produced with input from a wide range of professional and public bodies including academics, charities, clinicians and programme experts as well as being tested with focus groups to ensure they were fit for purpose, inclusive and accessible.

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