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To: All Physicians and Staff Members of Texas Assistant Board
From: Audrey Curie, Department Head of Diagnostic Medicine
Date: September 17, 2012
Re: A nation call to stop Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) from spreading.
(HPV) , which also stands for Human Papilloma Virus, is a virus from the papillomavirus family that is capable of infecting humans. This virus establishes productive infections only in the keratinocytes of the skin or in mucous membranes.
Approximately, about 20 million people, in whom 50% of the population is sexually active, are currently infected with genital human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Although, HPV does not cause health problems, certain types of this virus can cause cervical, anal, vaginal, vulvar and throat cancers in both, women and men. About 1% of sexually active men and women in the U.S. have this virus in the presence of genital warts at any given time.
We are aware that cervical cancer, a disease caused by infection with some types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), affects us in general but what is more impressive is the fact that half a million women globally are affected every year and a quarter of the population die from it every year.
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