HPV Stories

HPV Stories

HPV STORIES

Health education modules to motivate viewers to get the HPV vaccine and parents to vaccinate their adolescents. HPV Stories is a NCI-recognized research-tested intervention. The program can be provided in two versions.

1. VIDEOS ONLY: Provides the health education videos only. These health promotion videos include brief stories gathered from real people about their decisions to vaccinate for HPV. The videos describe in real terms their questions, concerns, and thoughts about HPV and vaccination, espousing the benefits of vaccination, presenting life-saving health information, and urging the viewer to ask their physician about vaccination.

2. TABLET INTERVENTION: Provides clinics and public health locations with a mobile tablet programmed with the HPV stories intervention. Customers can select from different modules (For parents of children and adolescents, for women, and [fortchcoming] for men). information about HPV, directing the user to videos of interest for their knowledge level, and directing them to set up an appointment to receive the vaccination. The videos describe in real terms from real people, questions, concerns, and thoughts about HPV and vaccination, espousing the benefits of vaccination, presenting life-saving health information, and urging the viewer to ask their physician about vaccination.

Too few people get cancer-fighting HPV vaccine!

The proliferation of HPV (the human papilloma virus) among the sexually active cohort in the US and worldwide is unprecedented. Today, it is estimated that up to 40% of young adults are carriers of the HPV virus. The social and financial impact of this disease is enormous and is in excess of $850 million annually in the US alone.

HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another through direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity. Most sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives, though most will never even know it. HPV infection is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s. Some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer in women and other less common cancers — like cancers of the anus, penis, vagina, and vulva and oropharynx—and genital warts. Every year, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,000 women die from this disease in the U.S. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. have visible genital warts at any point in time.

Current prophylactic strategies call for vaccination of young pubescent boys and girls up through the age of 45.

Research

The initial program, Women’s Stories, was piloted at Penn State University and then in reproductive health clinics in Philadelphia and is targeted to women in the 18-26-year-old range. The results of this group’s exposure to the Women’s Stories modules are striking. In carefully supervised and monitored studies, the people getting vaccinated almost doubled among those exposed to the program when compared to those who were not.

Product Details

  • Programs for parents of children and adolescents women men (forthcoming)
  • Multiple formats: Schools, medical clinics, and other health information outlets can order HPV stories for presentation on tablets in waiting rooms or classroom presentation and education.
  • Options for self-paced learning
  • Preventative program
  • Requires computer
  • Can be administered in a group setting or completed on an individual basis
  • Variety of videos depending on the target audience
  • Appropriate for use in schools and in the community

For more information and costs contact Michelle Miller-Day, PhD at or (844) 255-7325, extension 2.