Genital human papillomavirus infection

Elaine B. Krejci*, Marlene L. Sanchez

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HPV is a ubiquitous sexually-transmitted disease whose manifestations range from benign genital warts to deadly cervical cancer. Earlier detection with advanced screening techniques has made it possible to reduce the incidence of invasive cervical cancer. The future for HPV prevention may be in the form of vaccinations. Until a safe and effective vaccine is found, an active campaign to educate sexually-active adolescents and young adults of the potential ncogenicity of HPV can help to deter unsafe sexual practices. The most important habit to stress, especially in female patients, is smoking cessation. Smoking increases the risk for cervical cancer and decreases the potential for successful treatment. As always, a common sense approach to eating a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding drug use and excessive alcohol are part of sound medical advice and may be beneficial [22].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-96
Number of pages18
JournalClinics in Family Practice
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Mar 2005


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