National AHEC Organization HPV Immunization Project-
Raising HPV Immunization Rates through Provider Education: The National AHEC Organization (NAO) received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a project to provide education to health professionals regarding the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Through this cooperative agreement, NAO will strengthen HPV vaccination recommendations, resulting in a decrease in missed opportunities to vaccinate adolescents.
What is HPV?
HPV is short for human papillomavirus and is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type. HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer, especially cervical cancer. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the most common types of HPV.
How do people get HPV?
HPV is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. You can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected, making it hard to know when you first became infected.
“You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention: Understanding the Burden of HPV Disease, the Importance of the HPV Vaccine Recommendation, and Communicating About HPV Vaccination”
Faculty: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The National AHEC Organization and Greater Valley Area Health Education Center are pleased to provide you with this free continuing education opportunity to learn more about HPV vaccination and the need for a strong recommendation in girls and boys 11-12 years old. This presentation includes up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, the HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and parents about it.
Jointly provided by Postgraduate institute for Medicine and the National AHEC Organization Funding for this self-study guide was made possible by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Grant No. 1H23IP000960-01 to the National AHEC Organization. The views expressed in this written document do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.