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NR602 Week 7 STD Healthy People 2020 Discussion: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection HPV, as described by the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] (2017) , is the most widespread sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects approximately 14 million American especially adolescence and early 20s on an annual basis. There is a myriad of different HPV viruses (more that 100) in which some are responsible for various health problems such as genital warts as well as cancer (CDC, 2017). A cure for HPV has not yet been established, but is preventable through HPV vaccine. The signs and symptoms for HPV include warts (commonly genital warts) and cancers. Genital warts are bumps clusters or stem-like bumps that commonly appear in the vulva (cervix) in women and scrotum or penis in men (Hall, 2019). Other types of HPV warts include common warts, plantar warts, and flat warts. In regards to cancer, the symptoms usually present when cancer reaches advanced stages and they may include irregular bleeding which may be after sex or in between periods; back, pelvic, or leg pain; weigh and appetite loss; tiredness; vaginal smelly discharge and discomfort; and swelling on one leg (Ocque & Austin, 2016). Since there is no established treatment for HPV, the available treatments are used to treat symptoms and they include: Salicylic acid which is found is some o ver-the-counter (OTC) medications and works by getting rid of little warts layers at a time. However, salicylic cannot be used on the face. Side effects include sores, mild skin irritation, or pain (Mayo Clinic, 2018) . Imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara) which used to improve one’s immunity of the affected to fight HPV; the side effects include swelling and redness on the applied area. Others side effects include body aches, pain, blisters, rashes, cough, and fatigue (Hall, 2019) .

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