Health awareness is the goal of the new Ladies Night Out Lecture Series presented by West Virginia Universitys National Center of Excellence in Womens Health.

Dr. Jan Palmer, director of WVU s Student Health Service, will begin the series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, with a discussion about human papillomavirus, or HPV , in the Mountainlair Gluck Theatre.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and can cause cervical cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV sometime during their lives, and in most cases, there are no symptoms.

During Wednesdays talk, Palmer will also include information about Gardasila vaccine thats been shown to block infection by four types of HPV available at WVU Student Health Service and other health care clinics in Morgantown.

The WVU National Center of Excellence in Womens Health and WVU Student Health Service are reaching out to all women to provide them with education and awareness concerning HPV infection, its relationship to cervical cancer and the vaccination,said Jessica Yoak, a WVU student who is minoring in womens studies.

The lecture series is open to the public and sponsored by WVU s National Center of Excellence in Womens Health, the Student Health Advisory Board and Morgantown Chamber of Commerce.

WVU s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center is one of 20 Centers of Excellence in Womens Health. This designation is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Womens Health and reflects the Universitys commitment to health care, research and education, enriching the lives of women in West Virginia.

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