the older women in the ad typically say things like, "i can't believe it, cervical cancer can be caused by a common virus."
and then a younger girl usually says something like "a virus. a virus can cause cervical cancer."
then the announcer says something like, "tell the women in your life that cervical cancer can be caused by a preventable virus. a virus."
and then everyone goes "tell somebody." "tell somebody."
i'll tell you what to tell somebody. tell them that HPV is an STD. they never say that. they act like it is something you can catch like the common cold. and i can't help but wonder if it is insighting fear in women and in girls who have never heard of HPV and who don't know that what the commercial is referring to as a "common virus" is actually a sexually transmitted disease.
ok, i'm finished ranting now.
i know that it IS important to let women know that they should get tested for all types of STDs. especially if there are some that can cause something as life-threatening as cervical cancer. but, i do believe there is a more truthful way to present the issue than the way it is being presented in its current campaign.