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1. A new and improved HPV vaccine has been approved.
The latest vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) will protect women from more strains of the virus than previous models.
There are currently more than 100 known strains of HPV, around 40 of which are sexually transmitted. HPV can cause genital warts and various cancers, most commonly cervical cancer.
While the first release of the HPV vacccine only protected against four of the most common strains, the latest version — ‘Gardasil 9’ — will cover a further five strains which cause an estimated 20 per cent of cervical cancers.
According to iO9, the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) said: “Gardasil 9 has the potential to prevent approximately 90 percent of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers, up from about 70 percent protection with the current vaccine.”
The vaccine is available to both women, aged 9-26, and men, aged 9-15. The vaccine will become available in the US in the coming months and is most successful when administered prior to a woman becoming sexually active.
2. Women to get confidential domestic violence help online.
An new website is helping women get practical and private advice on domestic violence online.
The projects was started by Professor Kelsey Hegarty and Dr Laura Tarzia from the University of Melbourne, who hope to offer domestic violence help to a larger scope of women.
“I’ve worked with a lot of GPs and women who come to general practice [to seek relationship help], and of course, that only reaches a certain number of women,” Professor Hegarty told Mamamia.
“[Through I-DECIDE] we’re reaching out to a broader range of women, including those who live in regional areas, or disable women… Essentially, women who are unable to access face-to-face support.”
The website will offer confidential and personal advice to women in abusive and unhealthy relationships.
The interactive site will ask you to answer a range of questions before developing a personalised care package offering carefully selected advice to help each woman navigate their relationship.