Published: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 6:43 p.m. MDT
State health officials are encouraging young adults to communicate with friends and family about the human papillomavirus (HPV) via Twitter, Facebook or other social networking sites by offering prizes for the best message that encourages abstinence, vaccination or Pap smear tests to detect the presence of the sexually transmitted disease, which causes cervical cancer.
Entrants must be 18 or older and may enter multiple times by submitting their tweet or blog link to the Utah Cancer Control Program Web site at www.cancerutah.org/prevent. The entry form and contest criteria are available on the site. Participants can win prizes that include a $300 spa pass, a stay in a Park City resort and an iPod with an iTunes gift certificate. Winners will be randomly drawn for the weekly prizes on June 8, June 15 and June 22.
Cervical cancer affects more than 10,000 American women every year, with deaths approaching 4,000 annually. In Utah, approximately 60 women every year are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 17 die from it every year.
Because the majority of cervical cancer is caused by HPV, the contest is encouraging proper prevention for females ages 18-30.
Comment from Leslie
Prizes are not worth the risk of the adverse reactions to this vaccine. To be offering prizes is coercion of innocent young women. I know this won’t be posted on your site- but the damn article will – and you all should be ashamed.