The Center For Disease Control

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As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) (2015) confirms, human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STD or STI) among men and women; it is so common that nearly every sexually active individual will get it at some point in their lives. With about 14 million new cases each year, the CDC (2015) reports a prevalence of about 79 million cases of persons currently infected with HPV in the United States (US). Also, with cervical cancer being the most serious outcome related to HPV, the state of Georgia falls in the mid-interval of 6.66 to 7.87 with HPV-related cervical cancer per 100,000 people. It is evident that this disease is more prevalent in rural areas and among underserved populations. HPV is actually…show more content…
My initial instinct was to continue looking for another topic; however, after a few moments it occurred to me that I didn’t know as much about the topic as I had thought. All I truly knew was the fact that it is a STI, and one can receive a series of vaccines to prevent it. After conducting my research on HPV, I am happy I choose this topic due to my need for increased knowledge not only for myself but for my patients’ health as well. To effectively handle HPV at a clinical level, nurses must be aware of the pre-pathogenesis, pathogenesis, and preventative nursing measures related to the virus. The pre-pathological phase encompasses the susceptibility stage and the subclinical stage. During the susceptibility stage, one does not have the disease nor has been exposed to it. However, there are many ways one can become exposed to the virus. With humans as the only host for this virus, the mode of transmission for HPV is “skin-skin contact, sexual activity, and prolonged exposure to contaminated clothing.” (MSDS, 2010) Therefore, coming in contact with those infected with the virus can cause a transmission of the virus to another human. Although HPV infections are common worldwide, there are different regions and populations with a higher rate of the disease therefore increasing the likelihood of susceptibility. These include those of developing countries, minority populations within the US, and adolescents. Just because there are no symptoms present, this does not
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