This outreach and educational concept was developed by the Beloit International Film Festival several years ago to promote and present films dealing with significant issues touching us as a community and as individuals.
Films, accompanied by panels of commentators and engaged filmmakers, have dealt with topics ranging from teen homelessness and child abuse to end of life issues. One of the festival’s most successful programs, BIFF CARES films are presented several times in a variety of venues, reaching thousands in the process.
Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
The Human Papilloma Virus HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. The film is narrated by Vanessa Williams and examines the lives of five women affected by HPV, each of whom has an intimate story to tell, and features interviews with experts on the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans: HPV.
With the support of the Beloit Health System, the film will be presented numerous times throughout the festival. A panel of health experts and counselors will speak and answer questions following three of the presentations, one on Saturday January 31st, 2015 at 2:00 PM during BIFF@Janesville at the Ramada Inn and on Friday, February 27th at 7:30 PM and Saturday February 28th at 2:00 PM at Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theatres in Beloit.
Ms. Williams and the filmmakers will help to introduce the film at the festival.
The goal is to educate and inform as many people as possible about this preventable form of cancer and develop a healthier community in the process.
For More Information:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Cervical Cancer?
Rock County Health Department
Rock County Health Department
Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer. HPV is so common that most sexually-active men and women will get at least one type ofHPV at some point in their lives. The CDC estimates that 21,000 cases of cervical cancer could be prevented through vaccination for HPV. Cervical cancer is not the only cancer caused by HPV (Genital HPV Infection Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm#a7)
Facts about HPV Vaccination in Rock County:
There are 42,908 Rock County citizens between 12 and 26 years old that are entered in the Wisconsin
Immunization Registry system.
- Among females in this population, only 16% have received all 3 oftheir HPV vaccinations before age 17, with an additional12% finishing their vaccination series before age 28.
- An additional !6% have received at least one of the recommended HPV vaccine doses.
- This leaves 15,504 young females unimmunized or under immunized and vulnerable in this population in Rock County. (Data via the Wisconsin Immunization Registry 1/16/2015)
- Among males in this population, only 7% have received all3 of their HPV vaccinations before age 17, dropping to 5% when considering the population age 12 years to 28 years old.
- An additional 7% have received at least one of the recommended HPV vaccine doses.
- This leaves 20,517 young males unimmunized and vulnerable in this population in Rock County. (Data via the Wisconsin Immunization Registry 1/16/2015)
HPV Vaccination works. A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens. The study, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases reveals that since the vaccine was introduced in 2006, vaccine-type HPV prevalence decreased 56 percent among female teenagers 14-19 years of age.
What Can You Do To Prevent HPV and Cervical Cancer
The Starfish Throwers
This eye-opening film tells the story of a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher, world’s apart, who discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.
Award-winning chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system in India, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling when she was nine years old blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit with 73 gardens dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Allan Law battles personal health issues as he hand-delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry in Minneapolis.
With the support of Dr. Jane Fossum and the Beloit Rotary, BIFF is working to bring Katie Stagliano to talk about her work and perhaps inspire a new effort in our community.