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Back To School Doctor Appointments: 8 HPV Topics to Discuss

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1. What is HPV?

HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus that could affect your son or daughter.

For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don't clear certain types, HPV could cause significant consequences: cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females and anal cancer in both males and females. Other types could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there's no way to predict who will or won't clear the virus.


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As back-to-school season approaches and you are preparing to bring your son or daughter for an annual checkup or sports physical, you may already have questions or topics in mind to discuss with your doctor. If you are the parent of an adolescent, asking about human papillomavirus (HPV) and prevention is one more thing to add to the list.

You may have heard about HPV, but there are many misconceptions about what it is and the impact it may have. It’s important to be an advocate for your adolescent while you are still managing his or her health, so in case your doctor does not bring up HPV during your appointment, take the initiative to do so by bringing these eight questions for discussion. Your child's doctor or health care professional can help to clarify things for you.


Human Papillomavirus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/hpv.pdf

Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm

HPV and HPV Testing. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/acspc-043175-pdf.pdf

Genital human papillomavirus infection: incidence and risk factors in a cohort of female university students. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12543621


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