For Immediate Release
January 8, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 404-310-0302
Planned Parenthood of New York City Strongly Supports City Council Resolutions on HPV Prevention and Cervical Health Awareness
NEW YORK — Today Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) testified at a New York City Council hearing on the city’s efforts to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) and decrease the risk of cervical cancer, and in support of two resolutions that would help raise awareness and prevent cancers caused by this sexually transmitted infection.
Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City issued the following statement:
"I want to thank City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson, and Women’s Issues Committee Chair Laurie Cumbo for convening this important hearing and the entire City Council for working to prevent HPV and decrease New Yorkers' risk for cancer.
As a leading sexual and reproductive health care provider in New York City, PPNYC sees firsthand the effects of HPV on New Yorkers as the main cause of cervical cancer and other serious health problems. The good news is that cervical cancer is highly preventable. PPNYC is proud to provide Pap screenings, the HPV vaccine and colposcopies to our patients to help prevent and diagnose cervical cancer. In 2013, PPNYC health centers provided 88,700 STI tests and more than 8,500 Pap screenings to our patients.
As many as 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by regular screening and HPV vaccination. But unless we increase awareness of these prevention measures and break down barriers to care, we will continue to see preventable cases of cervical cancer and avoidable pain and suffering.
PPNYC supports the City Council resolution that would recognize January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Increasing awareness and reducing stigma around sexually transmitted infections will lead to greater access to screenings and vaccinations. We also support the resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass legislation clarifying that young people under 18 can consent to an HPV vaccine. PPNYC strongly encourages young people to involve their parents in their health care decisions. Unfortunately not every young person has healthy, safe family relationships that allow for that, and requiring parental consent may deter young people from getting the care they need to protect them from potentially life-threatening infections.”
To learn more or find a Planned Parenthood of New York City health center, visit www.ppnyc.org.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
January 08, 2015