Applied Sciences


Human Papillomavirus infections (HPV) are the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. Of cancers in parts of the body where HPV is often discovered about 80% originated from an HPV infection. Despite this knowledge and the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine, vaccination by both genders in Kentucky and on a national scale remains highly underutilized. As a result, preventable incidence and mortality rates from HPV-related illness are elevated. Health care delivery factors such as increased vaccination and preventative care, insurance coverage, and accessible rural health care are necessary for HPV prevention and promotion of holistic health. The importance of advocacy for policies supporting the vaccine, sexual health, and education about HPV and the vaccine is fundamental to reducing HPV-related cancer rates nationwide. Since the vaccine was approved in 2006, education in forms of parental endorsement, healthcare provider recommendation, peer support, and video intervention have proven effective. As time passes and the vaccine is increasingly utilized, there will be an opportunity for research to identify methods of education for specific populations.

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Amy Marshall

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