The Truth About Human Papillomavirus

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The Truth about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and around the world (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [CHP], 2009). Today, parents vaccinate their children because vaccinations are recommended by the child’s pediatrician and most importantly vaccinations are required for the children to attend school. When a new vaccine becomes available parents are becoming reluctant to get the vaccination for their child fearing negative results brought by myths, rumors, and the uneducated. The HPV vaccination is not required to attend school, so most parents will not follow up to get all the shots necessary in order to protect their child. HPV is a disease that currently has no cure and can help be prevented by vaccinating your child before they become sexually active. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that spreads from person to person by direct contact of infected tissue. According to the CDC, nearly all men and women will contract HPV at some point in their life (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2013). HPV can cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in females. HPV can also cause anal, throat, and neck cancer in both males and females. HPV is also known to cause genital warts in both males and females. According to the National Cancer Institute (2013), “approximately 12,340 new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the US, and 4,030 US women will die
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