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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

The Human Papillomavirus: Is There a Gender Difference in the Level of Awareness?

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common incurable Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million Americans. In comparison to males, the incidence level of a HPV infection is much higher in females. In fact, the Medical Institute of Sexual Health estimates that 33 percent of all women are infected with the Human Papillomavirus. Thus women need to be more aware of HPV risk and symptoms. The specific aim for this study was to evalute the level of HPV awareness between females and males. Although women may suffer from more adverse complications, both genders are lacking basic knowledge of a virus that is drastically affecting the population. Therefore it is very important to increase education regarding HPV. Future studies should evaluate HPV informational strategies, particularly in women.

Presenter: LaTashia Penick (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Nursing
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)