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What should you know about HPV?

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HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It’s very common. Many people don't have any symptoms, and the infection might go away on its own. But some types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer or cancer of the anus or penis. HPV isn’t just one virus. There are more than 100 kinds, and some are riskier than others.

From: What Is HPV? WebMD Medical Reference

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Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

 

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La.

 

American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines."

 

FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." CDC: "HPV and Men," "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

 

American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information."

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

 

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La.

 

American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines."

 

FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." CDC: "HPV and Men," "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

 

American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information."

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

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