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2.6 STIs: We need to talk about men and HPV - with Alix Fox

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Most people will get the most common STI at some point in their life. It's called human papillomavirus, or HPV, and has more than 100 different strains. Some strains of the virus cause genital warts, and some cause abnormal cell changes that can lead to cancer. 

You might know that HPV causes cervical cancer and you might have noticed a huge drive to get women vaccinated. What you probably don’t know is that men can also get HPV, can pass HPV on, and are at risk of penile, anal & throat cancers. So why don’t we don’t talk about this?

This week, Media Storm hears from men who are living with the effects of HPV, and those who used their experiences to change the vaccination process for boys and men - after a long battle with the UK Government. Plus, broadcaster, writer, shagony aunt, sex educator and script consultant on Netflix's Sex Education Alix Fox joins us in the studio to discuss how STIs are represented in the press, the complicated reporting of Monkeypox, and why TV shows and films have such a big responsibility to portray STIs accurately. 


The episode is hosted by Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia). Research by Camilla Tiana. Music by Samfire @soundofsamfire.


Speakers: 

  • Jamie Rae @TCF_Foundation @throatcancerfoundation 
  • Steve Bergman @steveb2025
  • George Light @georgelight74 
  • Jason Mendelsohn @SupermanHPV supermanhpv.com
  • Dr Tanaya Narendra @dr_cuterus  
  • Alix Fox @AlixFox


Resources:

  • Throat Cancer Foundation throatcancerfoundation.org
  • The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Support Group theswallows.org.uk
  • HPV Action hpvaction.org


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