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Published on October 10, 2016

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic to Debut in Grand Forks October 18

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health System, UND Student Health Services and the North Dakota Department of Health will host a screening of the national documentary, Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Following the documentary special guest, Christine Baze, singer/songwriter, motivational speaker and cervical cancer survivor, will share her story. Admission is free, and medical professionals will be available for questions. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in both males and females in the United States. This virus, which has currently infected over 79 million people, can cause genital warts and various types of cancers. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and kills over 250,000 women every year. In this film, meet five incredible women whose lives have been forever changed by this deadly virus. 

The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls at age 11 or 12, so they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus. HPV vaccine produces a higher immune response in preteens than in older adolescents. Catch-up vaccines are recommended for males through age 21 and for females through age 26, if they did not get vaccinated when they were younger. Learn more about HPV vaccine at altru.org/hpv.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.