HPV Awareness

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection to which ~80% of sexually active adults will be exposed in their lifetime. HPV causes >90% of genital warts and ~5% of cancers, including cervical, anal, penile and head, neck and throat cancers. There is no treatment for HPV infection. Since 2008, the UK has offered HPV vaccination to girls, and in July 2018, the government agreed to extend the vaccination programme to boys. My programme of research, developed in partnership with clinicians and charities, has contributed to the evidence base underpinning the government’s u-turn over gender neutral HPV vaccination; it educates the public about HPV and contributes to the development of materials for health care professionals both in the UK and potentially New Zealand.

Please do explore Dr Sue Sherman's research in the pages here, or contact s.m.sherman@keele.ac.uk for more information.