Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 7-29-2016

Document Type


Course Number


Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D Chovan & Jim Cacchillo


human papilloma virus, sexually transmitted infection, cervical dysplasia, cervical lesion

Subject Categories

Family Practice Nursing | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing


Among sexually active men and women, the human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. With more than 200 different genotypes of HPV known, there are more than 500,000 cases each year in the United States alone (Lowy, 2016). The virus is associated with nearly all cervical cancers, anal cancers, vaginal cancers, penile cancers, and head and neck cancers (Jorge & Wright, 2016). In women, the virus is capable of causing slow cellular changes on the cervix, and this dysplasia is graded based on severity (Jorge & Wright, 2016).

The statistics related to the prevalence and transmission rate of this virus are staggering, and primary healthcare providers must have a solid knowledge base of the pathophysiology behind the disease process to better serve their patient population. This project will examine the pathophysiology associated with the different stages of cervical dysplasia, and to review the nursing implications in managing this disease population



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