Epidemiology Nur/408

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Epidemiology of HPV in Teenagers
Rosalyn Huf
June 4, 2012
Linnette Nolte

Epidemiology today is considered to be the core science of public health and is described as a constellation of disciplines with a common mission: optimal health for the whole community (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2008). Epidemiology has reformed public health and continues to strive for disease prevention and health promotion in communities across the world. The population and disease that will be discussed in relation to epidemiology in this paper with be teens and pregnancy. This paper will explore the role of epidemiology in HPV and teenagers and the contributing factors. This paper will also discuss the definition and purpose of epidemiology,
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As mentioned before, some strains of HPV can lead to oral and cervical cancers and condoms are not completely reliable when it comes to protection. Currently, options are limited for both prevention of infection of patients with HPV-associated disease: infection can only be prevented with complete abstinence from all forms of sexual activity because condoms do not offer complete protection from HPV and HPV can be transmitted by nonintromissive sexual activities (Weaver, 2006). Teaching teenagers about safe sex falls on caregivers which include parents. Teenagers who do not have a stable home life, whether the parents work all the time, or there is only a single parent, are more at risk because they less likely to be supervised adequately. This is the reason it is so important to educate these teenagers about sex and STIs.
Abstinence teaching only is not effective when trying to prevent STIs in teenagers. According to "Life123" (2012), ”While abstinence-only education programs have the support of many major national religious groups, a comprehensive sex education program in schools has the backing of a wide range of educational and medical organizations. Most proponents of comprehensive sex education argue that teens should be encouraged to abstain, but should also get information about contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases, and how to prevent HIV” (Family).
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