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The Inner Wheel Club of Ege developed The HPV Project for University students in the 2021-2022 term. The project includes visual display explanations and a vaccination programme for 120 female students of ages 18 to 22.
The first meeting was held on 16 December 2021, directed by Prof. Dr Aysun Göğan, Head of the Department of Psychology in Ege Üniversity, İzmir.
NR Siren Toksoy, 244 District Chairman Melek Güsar, members of the District Executive Committee and many Inner Wheel members also attended the meeting. Four more meetings are scheduled for the next months.
The purpose of these meetings is to raise awareness, especially among the young female student, about the human papillomavirus (HPV). Upon graduation, these university students will assume an informative and pioneering role in society. It is thought that working with this group has high significance. Moreover, it must be remembered that the university students are also potential parents and would be able to use this information for their children in the future.
The presentation is entitled Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) İnfection. HPV is rather a widespread disease transmitted through sexual intercourse. It also carries a high risk factor for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a great health issue in world, taking the third place as the most frequently seen gynaecological cancer among women and ranked as the second highest occurring cancer in women living in developing countries. In Turkey, prevalence of cervical cancer is approximately 5.3 in every 100.000 women. For women, cervical cancer is the second most fatal type after breast cancer.
HPV infection is seen predominantly among women between the ages of 15 and 24. Therefore, university students are a high risk group to catch HPV infection and go through complications. It is an important group which deserves to be informed about the diagnosis, treatment and vaccination of this disease.
In this programme, information will be provided about the risk factors, preventive measures and vaccination.
The second part of the project is the vaccination programme targeting 20 Ege University female students, ages20 to 24. A member of IWC Ege, Prof. Dr Nazan Göker from EGE university, Faculty of medicine, Department of Gynaecology Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine is in charge of the vaccination process.
The pharmacologist Özlem Sayıner, who is also a member of IWC Ege, is responsible for the supply of vaccines. Vaccination is scheduled as three doses in January, March and June.
HPV vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90% of HPV attributable cancers. Since HPV vaccination was first recommended in 2006, infections with HPV types that cause most HPV cancers and genital warts have dropped 88% among teen girls and 81% among young adult women.
HPV vaccination has also reduced the number of cases of cancers of the cervix in young women.
The protection provided by HPV vaccines lasts a long time. People who received HPV vaccines were followed for at least 12 years and their protection against HPV has been found to remain high with no evidence decline over time.
After receiving the message of IIW President Ebe Martines calling for the clubs worldwide to increase the awareness on HPV, IWC İzmir President Bijen Tösgel contacted IWC Ege President Ekin Kalender and offered to organise a virtual meeting on HPV to accelerate the project.
On 5 Jan. 5 2022, an informative virtual meeting about HPV was organised by IWC İzmir for IW members and friends. A new member of the club, gynaecologist Dr Şebnem Altınyurt briefly explained the medical aspects of the HPV and vaccination.
Inner Wheel Club İzmir will be organising more meetings for mothers in March and April with Prof. Dr Aysun Doğan and Dr Şebnem Altınyurt as the speakers, explaining both psychological and medical aspects of HPV.