Essay HPV: The Overlooked Virus

HPV: The Overlooked Virus

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This paper discusses an often-overlooked sexually transmitted virus: HPV.

The author writes from a personal perspective, citing real-life friends suffering from this virus. Discussion includes the topic of related cancers that may arise as a result of contraction of this virus.
“Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, yet it remains one of the least discussed. Junior and Senior High Schools barely, if at all, discuss HPV in sex education classes. The average parent does not understand HPV, therefore the knowledge is not relayed to the child. By the time physicians are consulted, it is often too late. Education on the wide spread and rapidly growing virus has much to offer safe sex and sex prevention campaigns. One possibility as to why HPV education has been neglected could be related to the fact that available information is often contradictory, outside of HPV having the ability to be a silent infection.”

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