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PAOV — “I can’t afford $600 dollars for a vaccine that I was never given in grade school free.” Human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause cervical, vaginal, and throat cancer, as well as complications to pregnancy and fertility. To protect against HPV, doctors strongly recommend getting HPV vaccines but the only way for women and people with cervices to receive the vaccine for free is in grade school. Those who weren’t vaccinated in school must pay over $500. The high cost is a barrier for many and Gillian is urging the government to make HPV vaccines affordable and accessible for young people in Ontario. You can help by adding your signature.

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The HPV vaccine is recommended for protection against human papilloma virus, or HPV. Currently, the only free way for women to get the HPV vaccine is through public schools as it is given to Ontario students in Grade 7. If you, like thousands of other women, did not get the vaccine in public school, you are being expected to pay upwards of $500+ for all three necessary dosages of the vaccine. With most insurance plans not covering or subsidizing the cost, this is simply unaffordable for the majority of women in Ontario.

Studies estimate that 75 per cent of sexually active Canadians will have a sexually transmitted HPV infection at some point in their lives. HPV can cause cervical, vaginal, and throat cancer, as well as complications to pregnancy and fertility.

Currently, the Ontario government is offering the HPV vaccine for free to men 26 years of age or younger who identify as gay, bisexual, as well as some individuals who identify as trans. We are asking the Ontario government to extend this initiative to also include all women under the age of 26 for free HPV immunization.

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