HPV Fought with MP3 Players

Dr. Brian Eades, OB/GYN
Dr. Brian Eades, OB/GYN

It's being called an epidemic.

The rate local young women are contracting HPV and ending up with cervical cancer has some reaching out to new technology to education and prevent this potentially deadly disease.

This small disposable MP3 player explains HPV and how you can get it.

Then it lets listeners hear from a 26 year old woman suffering from cervical cancer caused by HPV.

Kristen, the voice on the recording says, "It doesn't matter age, it doesn't matter what you do, it happens."

In fact these days more people have the disease.

Dr. Brian Eades, local OB/GYN says, "8 out of 10 women and 9 out of 10 men."

These audio players may change that. Local doctors say it appeals to those who need the shot, Girls 10 to 26 years old.

Dr. Eades says, "The response has been pretty amazing, because most people who go to medical school and get out of medical school are 30 and above. And there has been a huge transition among youth now. They just don't respond to the kind of education we have done in the past. Since we have had mp3 players with particular messages that are particularly important to that demographic, we have had a great response. I suspect our vaccination rates have gone way up."

It's not just about the girl who leaves the office with this recording. The device will play 6 times.

Meaning she can share this educational tool with friends.

"It's almost been a wave of new educational opportunities that we have never been able to achieve before."

Dr. Eades says he expects to see these type of devices expand to explain STD's or other health risk facing men and women.

The HPV vaccination Gardasil is a total of three shots that fight 4 of the 35 strains of HPV.

Those are the ones proven to cause cancer and genital worts.