Baptist Health Madisonville: Preventing the Spread of HPV
HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can affect men and women causing genital warts and cervical cancer. Learn more about preventing the spread of HPV.
Preventing the Spread of HPV in Madisonville, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Tracy Hagan, APRN, Medical Oncology:
HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is a sexually transmitted, infectious disease that can lead to cervical cancer and pharyngeal cancer. Currently, there’s no screening tool for the general population for HPV infection. However, there is a screening available for cervical cancer, and that is obtained and found through a Pap smear. Oftentimes, HPV is completely asymptomatic. Patients will not know they have it, but they can still spread the infection to their partner. One side effect they may see is the development of genital warts.
There is a vaccination available. The American Cancer Society recommends that both boys and girls receive the vaccination between the ages 9–13. There are two doses of the vaccination, and they are given at six-month intervals. Your child may not be sexually active at ages 9–13, but they will be later on in life. It’s very important for them to go ahead and get the vaccination and get the immunity built for prevention.
Both males and females can be carriers of the HPV infection. That’s why we recommend both boys and girls get the vaccination. To get the vaccine, the parents can talk to their pediatrician. If the patient is 18 or over, then they can talk to their healthcare provider.
HPV can bring up a lot of questions for men and women. Learn more about HPV and vaccination at Baptist Health.Learn about HPV