The First North American HPV Awareness Week Took Place January 22-28, 2019 

Members of American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), the Global Initiative Against HPV & Cervical Cancer, the American Head & Neck Society (AHNS), The American Cancer Society, and the World Health Organization collaborated to present the first North American HPV Awareness Week, January 22-28, 2019. The goal of the initiative was to increase public and practitioner awareness of HPV, HPV-related diseases, and the importance of HPV vaccination.

Each day of the week focused on a different HPV-related topic, with daily free webinars. Thursday, January 24 was dedicated to oropharyngeal cancer awareness. 

Get the Facts About HPV

Webinar Series

The US vs. HPV Webinar Series hosted by American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) and Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC), with webinars offered through Indiana University.  

The 1-hour webinars (12:00 - 1:00 pm EST daily) were intended for members of the public, patients, health care providers, and anyone else who wishes to learn more about HPV, HPV-related diseases, and HPV prevention including vaccination. Download the webinar schedule here.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm


HPV Vaccine Update

Moderator: Elizabeth Garner, MD


  • Engaging Physicians, Parents AND Patients: HPV Vaccines Given at Every Opportunity
  • HPV Vaccination Rates Around the World: Why is the US So Far Behind?
  • An Update on HPV-Associated Cancer Burden, Cervical Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccine




Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm


HPV & Cervical Cancer: A Global Perspective

Moderator: Shobha S. Krishnan, FAAFP


  • Bridging the Global Divide: The World Health Organization's Strategy to Eliminate Cervical Cancer
  • The World Could End Cervical Cancer If It Tried: A Call-to-Action
  • Project ECHO: Supporting the Continuum of Care in Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm


HPV Related Non-Gynecological Diseases and Cancers

Moderators: Cecilia Schmalbach, MD, MSc, FACS and David Myers, MD


  • The Epidemic of HPV Associated Head and Neck Cancers: What Can We as Providers Do?
  • Oropharynx HPV-Induced Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Patient & Parent's Perspective
  • Not Just a Women's Problem: HPV Associated Diseases and Cancers in Men

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm


Cervical Cancer Past, Present and Future

Moderator: Ana Viamonte Ros MD, MPH


  • Cervical Cancer - A PREVENTABLE Public Health Problem
  • Pap Smears and Beyond - Newer Screening Modalities for Cervical Cancer
  • Can We Eradicate Cervical Cancer? - Updates on Screening to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm


HPV and Cervical Cancer Champions

Moderators: Lynn Barclay and Reid Mergler


  • Youth Against HPV: Engagement and Empowerment
  • National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC): An Advocate for Cervical Health
  • Powerful Voices: Patient Perspectives
  • Lady Ganga Movie: A Global Movement to Eliminate Cervical Cancer

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Take it from me: cancer prevention is always preferable to cancer treatment. As I’ve transitioned from cancer researcher to cancer patient to cancer survivor, I vow to make every effort to keep others from joining my club.Stewart Lyman, Ph.D.
Cancer Researcher and Biotechnology Consultant Survivor of HPV-attributed Tonsil Cancer

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