HPV & Me Schools Program

HPV & Me Schools Program

HPV & Me is an awareness program which empowers high school students with preventive strategies to reduce the health risks associated with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  

Teacher Information Online Resource ‚Äď Why I need the vaccine

Teacher Information ‚Äď Face to Face program

Student FAQS

Teacher Information Online Resource ‚Äď Why I need the Vaccine

We have developed an online resource to educate Year 7 and 8 students about HPV and prepare them for receiving the HPV vaccine. The resource is based around a Kahoot! that can be utilised in the classroom or at home.

Please click here for the Teacher Guide that provides the background information including curriculum links, learning outcomes and information to assist with lesson planning.
Access the student activity here on Kahoot! and use the game pin 006993872

Any questions regarding the HPV & Me Kahoot! can be directed to education@accf.org.au

Teacher Information ‚Äď Face to Face program

There are 2 separate presentations targeted at different year levels and study areas:  

Years 7 and 8: Why I need the vaccine  

Years 9 ‚Äď 12:¬† Eyes on this STI¬†

Presentation Information

Presentation  Why I need the vaccine    Eyes on this STI 
Years  7, 8 9, 10, 11,12 
Key content  Designed to increase student understanding of why they are having the vaccine, the presentation covers: 

  • HPV¬†¬†–¬†What is it? Who it affects? How is it transmitted/spread? What it causes?¬†
  • Reproductive anatomy affected by¬†HPV¬†
  • Concept¬†of immunity¬†and herd immunity¬†¬†
  • How the vaccine works to prevent cancers in men and women¬†¬†
Designed for older students to look at prevention of HPV in the broader context of sexual health, this presentation covers: 

  • Recap¬†HPV¬†basics¬†
  • Signs and symptoms that might indicate a health concern related to HPV and/or other sexual health concerns¬†
  • Vaccine and how to get a catch up¬†dose¬†
  • Discussion of broader prevention strategies;¬†smoking,¬†safer sex, screening¬†
  • Barriers to sexual health and cervical screening¬†
Duration   30-45 minutes  50-60 minutes 
Mode of delivery  Face to face in school presentation in selected metro areas or Online  Face to face in school presentation in selected metro areas or Online 
Scheduling   Ideal to deliver prior to delivery of first or second dose of the HPV vaccine  Anytime to fit in with your sexual health and wellbeing programming. 
Curriculum Links¬† To help you plan and achieve the goals of your health and well-being curriculum HPV & Me objectives have been linked to the Strands and Outcomes of the Year 7 – 10 Australian Curriculum ‚Äď Health and Physical Education and New South Wales – Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

For Year 11 and 12 students, HPV & Me ‚Äď Eyes on this STI is a good fit for school wellbeing programs, providing important messages for students‚Äô present and future health needs.

¬† Years 7 and 8:¬†Why I need the vaccine Years 9 ‚Äď 12:¬†¬†Eyes on this STI


How do you book?

Please use our online booking form to make a booking enquiry. After submitting this online request you will be contacted to finalise your booking. 

Which students is the program suitable for?

As HPV affects everyone, students of all genders. 

How much does it cost?

Currently, HPV & Me is offered free of charge. 

Why is awareness about HPV important?

Known as the ‚Äėcommon cold‚Äô of¬†sexually transmissible infections, most¬†people¬†will contract HPV at some point in their lives. While often HPV has no symptoms and goes away by itself,¬†a persistent HPV infection¬†can cause¬†health concerns such as genital warts and¬†cancers that affect¬†both¬†women and men.¬†It¬†is important¬†that students are armed with¬†knowledge¬†of how they can¬†reduce¬†their risk¬†of these¬†health¬†concerns¬†and make¬†positive choices¬†about their behaviour as they move towards adulthood.¬†¬†

What are the technical requirements for a face to face presentation?

A venue with access to a computer, data projector, audio speakers with the ability to run PowerPoint, video and audio, and a microphone for large spaces. 

What are the technical requirements for an online presentation?

Venue/s with a computer connected to data projector and audio and a webcam facing the students. 

Strong internet connection and capacity to download and use Zoom desktop client. 
Student access to own device for online interaction. 

What is the maximum number of students?

Face to face: 200 

Online:  Groups of 30 students per computer/venue, max of 4 groups (120) 

We normally speak with a whole year group. Smaller group presentations may be able to be accommodated in a single day.  

Can I book presentations for different year groups or multiple presentations?

Yes. However, we request that the presentations are booked on the same date consequentially (with a maximum of four). 

Do you have a program for senior studies subjects?

We’re happy to work with you to tailor our program to meet your needs. If you have queries as to how this can fit in with Senior Studies subjects please get in touch. 

Is it worthwhile for students to participate in both Why I need the Vaccine and Eyes on this STI?

Yes. Eyes on this STI builds on knowledge gained in Why I need the vaccine. Any overlap in content is to ensure student understanding.  

Student FAQS

We hope you enjoy participating in the HPV & Me program. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions to add to what you have learnt during the program.


What is HPV?

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is an extremely common sexually transmitted infection, with 80% of both men and women coming in contact with the virus at some point in their life. There are over 100 different types of HPV, the majority of which are harmless.

How do you get HPV?

While there are around 100 different types of HPV, not all are sexually transmitted (e.g. those that cause warts on the hands or feet). For the types of HPV that are sexually transmitted, they can only be transmitted when there’s contact with the skin around the genitals. That could be when there is contact between:

  • genital and genital
  • genital and mouth
  • genital and anus
  • genital and hand
  • genital and sex toys.

Can you get HPV from kissing only?

Currently, there is no conclusive evidence that open-mouthed kissing with tongue (French kissing) is capable of transferring an infection.

Can you still get HPV if you are a virgin?

It is unlikely you will contract HPV if you have not had any type of sexual intercourse. However, as HPV is spread through skin to skin contact with the genitals it is possible that other types of sexual contact could spread HPV.

If you have had any sexual contact with the genitals then it increases your risk of contracting HPV.

Can you still get HPV if you wear a condom?

Yes. Using condoms does lower your risk of contracting HPV; that’s why practising safe sex is one of the three S’s for preventing HPV. However, as HPV is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact rather than bodily fluids, condoms cannot provide full protection from contracting HPV as they do not cover the whole genital area. The uses of condoms is highly encouraged as they provide valuable protection against many STIs including some protection against HPV and unplanned pregnancy.

How will I know if I have HPV?

Most people who contract HPV will not know that they have it, as most types of HPV, including those that most commonly lead to cancer, do not produce symptoms. However, some types of HPV can cause genital warts (small lumps) to develop. These might be uncomfortable and need to be treated but will not cause long term harm.

Remember, most types of HPV will clear up before you even know that you have it. For people with a cervix, the most effective way to detect HPV is through regular Cervical Screening Tests from age 25.


What is the vaccine made from & how does it work?

The vaccine is made from tiny proteins that look like the outside of the real human papillomavirus. The vaccine does not contain any live virus, or even killed virus or DNA from the virus, so it cannot cause cancer or other HPV-related illnesses. Rather, the vaccine is made to ‚Äúlook‚ÄĚ like the real virus, so your immune system is tricked in to making virus-fighting antibodies. This means that if, or when your body encounters the real HPV virus, your body will recognise it and know how to clear it from your system.

Why is the vaccine given in Year 7 or 8?

Essentially there are two reasons ‚Äď first, because the vaccine is most effective if administered before you have been exposed to HPV through sexual activity. Secondly, studies have shown that the body‚Äôs immune response to the vaccine is best between the ages of 9 and 14.

Does the vaccine hurt?

Similar to other vaccines, you may experience some pain or soreness around the vaccine site for a few hours or a day after the vaccine is given. This is short term and worth the long term benefit of preventing serious illness from HPV-related cancers.

Are there any side effects?

Most people do not experience any side effects from the vaccine. Common side effects of the HPV vaccine that may occur include:

  • Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given
  • Fever
  • Headache or feeling tired
  • Nausea
  • Muscle or joint pain

Side effects are generally experienced for a short period of time.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t get the vaccine?

Some people have allergic reactions to ingredients in vaccines. If you have a history of allergic reactions to other vaccines, please consult your doctor to discuss whether the HPV vaccine is appropriate for you.

 What happens if I miss a dose?

All individuals are eligible to receive two doses of the HPV vaccine for free through the National Immunisation Program up until you turn 20. Individuals can receive the catch up doses through a GP or local immunisation provider.

What happens if I’m older than 15?

Students over the age of 15 who have never received a dose of the vaccine will require 3 doses of the vaccine altogether. This is also the case for students who are significantly immunocompromised.

If your question hasn’t been answered please send it to education@accf.org.au