My HPV Cancer Story

We're proud to introduce My HPV Cancer Story, a program to raise awareness around the link between HPV (human papillomavirus) and certain cancers and diseases in women and men

March 1, 2020

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Dr Ghodsi
Dr. Pari Ghodsi, Board-Certified OB/GYN

Did you know a virus, often with no signs or symptoms, can potentially lead to certain cancers?

HPV is more common than you may think – in fact, about 80% of people who are sexually active will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.

For most people, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, it can cause certain cancers and other diseases. There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other health problems.

Our goal is to inform people about HPV and its link to certain cancers and diseases, and to encourage them to discuss HPV with their health care providers.

These are their stories

My HPV Cancer Story spotlights the experiences of real people – neighbors, sons, daughters, parents, co-workers and more – to help bring the impact of these cancers to life.

Our storytellers are united not only by their experiences with HPV-related cancer, but also by their desire to speak up and spread awareness. Meet some of our storytellers and be inspired at

And if HPV-related cancer has affected you in some way, join the movement to create more awareness and share your story on social media with #MyHPVCancerStory.

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“We all sometimes think that we are invincible. Since my diagnosis, I've learned more about HPV-related cervical cancer and want to help raise awareness.”

Bridgette R.

cervical cancer survivor