New York City Council Speaker: I Have 'High-Risk HPV'
By Megan Friedman
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Melissa Mark-Viverito is one of the most powerful people in New York. As the Speaker of the New York City Council, the 45-year-old is the first Latina to hold a citywide elected position. And, like many other New Yorkers, she has HPV.
After a diagnosis last week, she decided to announce it on Twitter:
The decision to go public was not an easy one, she said, but she decided to use her high-profile status to educate the public about the disease. “Yes, I’m an extremely private person,” she tweeted. “But this position has led me to understand I now have a bigger responsibility.”
Her announcement comes after the city’s health department launched an ad campaign urging parents to get their kids vaccinated against HPV. Only 40% of girls and 22% of boys in their teens have completed all three doses of the vaccine, according to the New York Daily News.