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Antelope Valley Hospital Invites Community to Free Documentary Screening on HPV

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(LANCASTER, Calif. – October 7, 2015) — The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may be the most widespread and potentially dangerous epidemic in America, yet most people know very little about it. Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) will be trying to change that with a free screening of the documentary, “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic.”

The film follows the stories of five brave women who are afflicted by HPV, which causes six different types of cancers in both men and women. The film also features interviews with some of the world’s top experts on HPV discussing just how dangerous this virus can be.

Narrated by Vanessa Williams, Someone You Love explores the misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain, and triumph that accompany HPV and subsequent battles with cancer. Eighty percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV, and it is the second leading cancer in women worldwide.

Members of the community are invited to attend the screening on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a discussion about the HPV vaccine led by Kaiser Permanente Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, David E. Bronstein, M.D.; Paul Round, D.O., AV Community Clinic; and Oscar Larrazolo, M.D., Dr. Satey Pediatric and Adolescent Medical Clinic. The screening will be held at the AVH Community Resource Center in the auditorium located at 44151 15th Street West (at Avenue J-5) in Lancaster. Daycare is available on-site free of charge.

About Antelope Valley Hospital

Celebrating 60 years of caring for the community, Antelope Valley Hospital is located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. More information is available at www.avhospital.org or by calling 661-949-5000.