Indigenous Populations and HPV Initiatives

The International Centre for Infectious Diseases is a leader in planning HPV prevention and control for Aboriginal populations across Canada and Indigenous populations internationally.

IPV International Indigenous HPV Symposia

At each recent International Papillomavirus Conference (IPV) the International Centre for Infectious Diseases has coordinated an Indigenous HPV Symposium. These symposia are intended to share current information on the burden of HPV-related diseases affecting Indigenous peoples globally, and to identify effective HPV disease interventions and best immunization practices appropriate for Indigenous Populations.

IPV 2012 International Indigenous HPV Symposium: Promoting the Personal and Public Benefits of Prioritising Indigenous Health

International Papillomavirus Conference
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Presented by: The International Indigenous HPV Alliance ( IIHpvA)
Organizers: George Wurtak, International Centre for Infectious Diseases, Canada, and Bev Lawton, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand                    


Globally Indigenous peoples have an increased burden of human papillomavirus (HPV) related disease. HPV is one of the most commonly recognized sexually transmitted infections, and is the established cause of cervical cancer and genital warts.  HPV is also associated with cancers of the anus, oropharynx, penis, vagina and vulva. Cervical cancer rates continue to be significantly higher in Indigenous peoples than in the general population of certain regions and countries.  Inequitable access to health services, including insufficient or inappropriate health education and promotion, undoubtedly sustains or contributes to Indigenous health disparities.  The widespread acceptance of these disparities may contribute to sustaining them. Rather than accepting current disparities, specific actions must be enacted to address these inequities. The WHO provides a health rights platform to address these issues through improving and sustaining services for Indigenous peoples that are accessible, affordable, acceptable, and of high quality.  This workshop seeks to reduce the global burden of HPV disease by promoting the personal and public benefits of prioritising the health of Indigenous peoples.

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IPV 2011 International Indigenous HPV Symposium: Prioritizing HPV Immunization of Indigenous Populations: An International Indigenous HPV Symposium 

ICID organized this HPV symposium that was held as a component of the International Papillomavirus Conference (IPV2011) in Berlin, Germany on September 19, 2011. This educational symposium was made possible through the support of Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.

Indigenous HPV Symposium 2011 Presentations

  • George Wurtak, International Centre for Infectious Diseases
  • Topic:Introductory Slides                                                                                     
  • Beverley Lawton, MD, ONZM- Director, Women's Health Research Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Topic: Prioritising Equity in HPV Vaccination Programme in New Zealand - PRESENTATION NOT AVAILABLE                                                                                                                                   

IPV 2010 International Indigenous HPV Symposium

A conference held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from July 5 - 8, 2010 at which ICID coordinated an Indigenous HPV Symposium: 

Indigenous HPV Symposium Presentations  

Improving HPV Prevention Among Aboriginal Peoples Workshop

A workshop involving HPV specialists from across Canada, held in Winnipeg, Canada on December 9, 2008: