Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

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​Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV is one of the most common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and there are several types of HPVs. It is so common that a majority of sexually active men and women will contract it at some point.  

CDC Fact Sheet on Genital HPV Infection - Detailed fact sheets are intended for physicians and individuals with specific questions about STIs. Detailed fact sheets include specific testing and treatment recommendations as well as citations so the reader can research the topic more in depth. 

General HPV Information - from the AAP Red Book, the definitive source on pediatric infectious diseases 

Statistics 

Signs/symptoms, prevention, and treatment – HealthyChildren.org provides information for parents, patients, and families on STIs, both in general and on specific STIs. 

Prevention 

The best way to p​revent HPV is to get the HPV vaccine which c​omes in a series of 2 or 3 doses. The CDC recommends that 11-12 year olds get t​​he HPV vaccine.  Another way to prevent the HPV infection is to get screened for cervical cancer. ​

Here are some resources for providers and the families they serve regarding the HPV vaccine: 

Treatment 

HPV Treatment Guidelines (from the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines) 

Find a testing site. 

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