A campaign to raise awareness about the risk of human papillomavirus infection (HPV) trended on social media on Tuesday after it was taken up by celebrity and social groups.
The campaign is encouraging at-risk population groups to take a preventative vaccine.
Chulabhorn Royal College in collaboration with Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Thailand, and Thai Gynecological Cancer Society began the campaign “Stop HPV for love” with a well-known celebrity Suppasit Jongcheveevat as their representative.
The hashtag #หยุดเชื้อHPVเพื่อฟินรัก (stop HPV for love) has now gone viral on Twitter to highlight the importance of the vaccine for prevention of the disease which can cause cervical cancer.
According to HPV Information Centre’s latest report in 2021, about 9,158 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Thailand. It was ranked as the third leading cause of female cancer in the country.
The HPV vaccine is given as two injections into the upper arm spaced at least six months apart. The vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer.