School education

About HPV & Me

The HPV & Me Awareness Program for Schools is a FREE digital program which educates high-school students on preventive strategies, such as the vaccination for HPV, to reduce the health risks associated with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV & Me provides teachers and parents with the tools they need to empower young people to take control over their health.

A program trusted by teachers and parents

Our program is designed by an experienced educator who has worked extensively in health at the school and tertiary level. Input from students, teachers, parents and professionals has been instrumental to the program development.

“Since 2013, ACCF ran 687 school presentations to 68711 students across Australia. HPV & Me is now accessible online for students, teachers and parents.”
Liz Ham
National Health Promotion Manager

The program is for Year 7 and 8 students and is designed to increase the students’ understanding of what the HPV vaccine is, how it works and why it is important.


  • HPV – What is it? Who does it affect? How is it transmitted/spread? 
  • Reproductive anatomy affected by HPV
  • Concept of immunity and herd immunity
  • How the vaccine works to prevent HPV in men and women and HPV-related cancers 
  • What is the cause of cervical cancer?


Duration: 30-45 minutes

Modes of delivery: Online

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 HPV vaccine in Australia and the Strands and Outcomes of the Year 7 – 8 Australian Curriculum – Health and Physical Education and New South Wales – Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Scheduling: This program is ideal for delivery prior to receiving the HPV vaccine.  See our FAQs for more information. More information is available in the Teacher Guide and Student login

This program is for students from Years 9 to 12 and is designed to help older students look deeper into the prevention of HPV within the broader context of sexual health.


  • Recap HPV basics 
  • Signs and symptoms of HPV that might indicate a sexual health concern 
  • Vaccine and how to get a catch-up dose if you miss out at school
  • Discussion of broader prevention strategies; smoking, safer sex, cervical screening 
  • Barriers to sexual health and cervical screening 


Duration: 45-60 minutes

Modes of delivery: Online

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 HPV vaccine in Australia and the Strands and Outcomes of the Year 9 – 10 Australian Curriculum – Health and Physical Education and New South Wales – Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Scheduling: This program is ideal for delivery at any time to fit in with your general sexual health and wellbeing program. See our FAQs for more information. More information is available in the Teacher Guide and Student login

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

For more information, contact 

Student login

Find out more about HPV by visiting FAQs for Students

Access the student activity on Kahoot!
Use Game PIN: 006993872

Years 7 and 8: Why I need the vaccine  
Years 9-12: Eyes on this STI COMING SOON ONLINE!

Teacher guide

ACCF has developed online resources to educate Year 7 and 8 students about HPV and prepare them for receiving the HPV vaccine in Australia. The program is delivered on Kahoot! and can be utilised in the classroom or at home.

For more information, visit below our FAQs for Parents & Teachers

Teacher Guide provides background information including curriculum links, learning outcomes and information to assist with lesson planning.


Don’t take our words for it, check out for yourself what our parents, teachers and students say about HPV & Me. 

“It really taught me about HPV and alerted me about the risks of HPV.”
Parramatta High School 2023
“I think the HPV & Me was an effective way to talk about why it's important and what it prevents. I think it was delivered well and explained in an easy way.”
Santa Sabina College, NSW
“I really loved the presentation and thought it was engaging, interactive and informative. I especially loved the inclusivity of the language and really appreciated the speaker using gender neutral terms and acknowledging that not everyone with a cervix identifies as female.”
Roseville College, NSW
“Engaging and easy to follow. Explained the process of why the HPV vaccine was a valuable thing to have done and why the students in Year 7 were getting the HPV vaccine.”
Parramatta High School, NSW
“Very clear information for students”
Clairvaux MacKillop College, May 2022


FAQs for parents & teachers

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 ‘common cold’ 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 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?

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

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


Can I book a face-to-face presentation?

Our programs are delivered virtually or via the web resources. If you are interested in a face-to-face presentation or someone to talk about the HPV vaccination programs at a school assembly, please contact 

Do you have a program for senior studies subjects?

We are 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 at 

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.

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FAQs for students

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. If your question is not answered, then please contact 


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 200 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) can transfer 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 is 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 use 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 “look” 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 – 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’s immune response to the vaccine is best between the ages of 9 and 14.

Does the vaccine hurt?

Like 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 my vaccination at school?

All individuals are eligible to receive the HPV vaccine for free through the National Immunisation Program up until you turn 26. Individuals can receive the catch-up doses through a GP or local immunisation provider.