Stuff.co.nz. 05:00, Apr 12 2021
OPINION: I was very sad to hear the news that cabinet minister and East Coast MP Kiri Allan has been diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer. If you don’t know where the cervix is, it’s the small passageway connecting the vagina and the uterus.
As Minister for Emergency Management, she calmly dealt with the aftermath of the recent earthquakes off the East Cape and the Kermadec Islands. That same day she’d also had an ultrasound and biopsy after experiencing months of back, stomach, and leg pain and a period that was lasting weeks rather than days. Those are all potential signs of cervical cancer.
The most important risk factor for cervical cancer is persistent infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV spreads through sexual intercourse and skin-to-skin contact. That also includes hand to genital contact, oral sex, and to babies during childbirth.
Joint press release - STIEF & HNCFA
Scoop 09:52. Mar 3 2021
As our collective consciousness is focussed on coronavirus and the new COVID vaccines, it seems timely to remind New Zealanders about another effective virus-fighting vaccine that we should be thinking about too: Gardasil. This highly effective, safe vaccine fights the Human Papillomavirus, known as HPV, and massively reduces the risk of developing genital warts, as well as multiple different forms of cancer.
The 4th of March marks International HPV Awareness Day. HPV is one of the world’s most widespread viral infections, usually resulting from direct skin-to-skin contact during intimate sexual contact with someone who has HPV. The virus can be transmitted by penetrative as well as non-penetrative sexual contact and is thought to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. The Head and Neck Cancer Foundation Aotearoa (HNCFA) and the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) want to take this opportunity to remind New Zealanders about the devastating health impacts that can result from HPV infection, and to encourage those that haven’t already had their Gardasil vaccine, to book in now!
Stuff.co.nz. 16:00, Feb 10 2021
Kiwi woman Sarah thought her date was something special – but he gave her something she never anticipated. Here, she clears up some of the stigma surrounding STI’s and shares the real story of what it’s like to contract a sexually transmitted infection. Turns out, herpes is MUCH more common than you’d think – and we need to start talking about it.
This wasn’t my first rodeo; the dull ache and constant need to pee were all too familiar.
“I feel like I’ve been punched in the vagina,” I announced to the poor pharmacist. She looked alarmed. “Oh goodness,” she replied as she handed over the prescription for my rapidly worsening bladder infection. “Perhaps some thrush cream too? Just in case?”
But nothing was working. This was next level discomfort.
Stuff.co.nz. 05:00, Aug 04 2020
Known as the “common cold” of sexually transmitted infections, without immunisation, around 80 per cent of sexually active adults will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives. The virus is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, with 150 women in New Zealand diagnosed every year. It can also cause other cancers in the genital area of both men and women, specifically the vagina, vulva, penis and anus.
But in recent years, medical professionals have also started seeing a steady rise in HPV-related head and neck cancers in heterosexual men. For this group, the main risk is oropharyngeal cancer, which affects the tissues at the back of the mouth, throat and nasal passages. Though oropharyngeal cancer has traditionally been linked to smoking and heavy drinking, in recent years HPV has started to overtake cigarettes and alcohol as the leading cause. In almost all cases, the virus is transmitted to the mouth through oral sex with an infected partner.
ADVICE: As we hunker down in our "bubbles" for the next few weeks, families and flatmates all over the nation are finding ways to while away the hours indoors, without the usual distractions of work, socialising and travel.
For couples, one thing that may well be continuing during lockdown is sex. In fact, if historical events are an indicator, there is probably more of it happening now in existing relationships than might be the norm.
A lack of communication from the Ministry of Health about changes to cervical cancer screening is unsatisfactory, says NZMA GP Council chair Jan White.
Most people in primary care sector knew changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme were afoot, but many weren’t informed the age of entry would officially increase on 1 November, from 20 to 25, Dr White says.
Dr Cathy Stephenson
Stuff.co.nz 05:00, Oct 15 2019
ADVICE: As New Zealanders, we are lucky to have had a robust screening programme for cervical cancer for many years.
I know from talking to patients from overseas that in many parts of the world this type of screening test isn't freely available, creating inequity of access and leading to preventable cancers in those people who are often most at risk....
Dr Cathy Stephenson
Stuff.co.nz 05:00, Jul 23 2019
This Saturday is "World Head and Neck Cancer Day".
As well as including skin cancers, cancers of the nasal passages, salivary glands and other areas, the "head and neck" group also includes oropharyngeal cancers – those that affect the middle part of the throat.
Oropharyngeal cancers definitely aren't well known, but numbers of people affected by them are growing at an alarming rate – and the consequences of...
Re: News – NOTE: Video Content
5 February 2019
From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
RadioNZ 1:17 pm on 31 August 2018
Young kiwis aren't getting help for sexual health issues early enough.
New research by Massey University, the first study of its kind in New Zealand, found 40 per cent of young people waited until they experienced symptoms, and some waited even longer, before seeking tretament.