Dr. Chovan and Dr. Butz
Human Papillomavirus, HPV, cancer, prevention, education, sexually transmitted infection
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection that is not curable. HPV can damage cell DNA which increases the risk of oncogene expression; this leads to an increased risk of cancer. HPV is one of the leading causes of cervical cancer, among other types of cancers. Prevention is key because HPV is usually asymptomatic. The population at risk is anyone sexually active, including participation in oral sex. The health care provider should advocate for preventative measures against HPV. There are vaccinations that prevent the contraction of HPV that should be given before a person is sexually active for the best results. Routine Papanicolaou test can screen patients for abnormal cells which can lead to early detection of HPV and cervical cancer. Education on the prevalence of HPV and preventative measures that can be taken is key to defeat the virus.
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