Many U.S. Health Care Providers Lack Basic Knowledge of HPV Infection

September 2005
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 3/4, p126
Academic Journal
This article discusses a study which assessed the knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among health care providers in the U.S. Several health care professionals who provide clinical health care to sexually active patients was surveyed on knowledge and practices related to HPV. Consistent with current scientific evidence, 89 percent were aware that HPV is common, 95 percent knew that most genital HPV infections are asymptomatic, 98 percent knew that persistent HPV infection increases risk of cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer, and 92 percent were aware that treatment of genital warts may not permanently eliminate the causative HPV infection.


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