The Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world today – it affects more than 75% of sexually active Canadians.

Several cancers are associated with HPV. These cancers include:

  • Oropharyngeal
  • Penile
  • Anal
  • Vaginal
  • Vulvar
  • Cervical

This HPV Prevention Week, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has as its goal to work towards the elimination of cervical cancer through education, awareness and vaccination.
Lower your risk of contracting HPV by using a condom every time you have sex, quit smoking, and getting vaccinated – it’s 90% effective at preventing the HPV types responsible for most genital warts and HPV-related cancers!

Learn more about HPV:

How to get involved

Share your story

Help us grow awareness of HPV and cervical cancer by sharing your story online with other Canadians. Use the hashtag #MyHPVStory to be heard and help others across the country.

Share important facts about HPV and cervical cancer

Follow the SOGC on Twitter and Facebook and retweet and share our facts about HPV and Cervical Cancer from October 1 to 7. Help us educate fellow Canadians to get tested and vaccinated. Use the following hashtags to join the national conversation:

  • #HPVPreventionWeek
  • #HPVElimination
  • #HPVFacts
  • #HPVAwareness
  • #NoMoreHPV

Get out there and take a selfie in front of a teal-lit landmark

We’re lighting up landmarks across the country in teal to raise awareness of HPV Prevention Week. Take a selfie in front of a teal-lit landmark near you and post it on social media, using the above hashtags and #LightItUpTeal. We can’t wait to see your photos!

Participating landmarks

  • Calgary Tower (Calgary, AB; October 1)
  • High Level Bridge (Edmonton, AB; October 5)
  • Reconciliation Bridge (Calgary, AB; October 1)
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (Calgary, AB; October 1)
  • Telus Spark (Calgary, AB: October 1)
  • BC Place (Vancouver, BC; October 1)
  • Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge (Whistler, BC; October 1)
  • Maple Ridge City Hall (Maple Ridge, BC; October 1)
  • Sails of Light (Vancouver, BC; October 3)
  • Vancouver City Hall (Vancouver, BC; October 1)
  • Forks Market Canopy (Winnipeg, MB; October 1)
  • St John’s City Hall (St. John’s, NL; October 1-7)
  • Halifax City Hall (Halifax, NS; October 1-6)
  • 3D Toronto Sign (Toronto, ON; October 1)
  • Oakville Town Hall (Oakville, ON; October 1)
  • City of London Buildings (London, ON; multiple locations; October 1)
  • Fred A. Lundy Bridge and Riverwalk Commons (Newmarket, ON; October 1)
  • Kingston City Hall (Kingston, ON; October 1)
  • Peace Bridge (Fort Erie, ON; October 1)
  • Charlottetown City Hall (Charlottetown, PEI; October 1)
  • Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls, ON; October 1, 10 p.m. for 15 minutes)
  • Edmonton Tower (Edmonton, AB; October 1)
  • Lethbridge City Hall (Lethbridge, AB; September 30 to October 1)
  • Government House (St. John’s, NL; October 1)
  • Vancouver Convention Centre (Vancouver, BC; October 1)


Joining our 2019 HPV Prevention Week campaign? Download and share the following images on social media to spread the word!

HPV Prevention Week Social Media Assets & Logo

Download Here