What you need to know about HPV vaccination
Bobby Griffin BSN, RN, CCRN
Diane Kelton BSN, RN
Charlotte Davis BSN, RN, CCRN
Lisa Lockhart MHA, MSN, RN

Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
June 2014 
Volume 12  Number 3
Pages 54 - 55
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A: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted viral pathogen, affecting both men and women. According to the CDC, 6 million new cases of HPV were reported in 2013; there are currently 20 million Americans infected with HPV.Recent research has linked HPV exposure to an increased risk of cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are more than 150 strains of HPV; however, only 30 strains place the patient at increased risk for cancer. HPV 16 DNA is the most common strain responsible for vaginal, vulvar, cervical, penile, and anal cancer biopsy results. HPV 16 and HPV 18 are currently responsible for approximately 70% of all newly diagnosed cervical cancers. Recent research has also linked the HPV 16 strain to an increased risk of oropharyngeal cancer.An average of 33,369-or 10.8 cases per 100,000-people are diagnosed with HPV-associated cancers each year in the United States. This includes 12,080 men (8.1 per 100,000) and 21,290 women (13.2 per

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