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NR602 Week 7 STD Healthy People 2020 Discussion: Human Papillomavirus (HPV)infectionHPV, as described by the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] (2017), is the most widespreadsexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects approximately 14 million American especiallyadolescence and early 20s on an annual basis. There is a myriad of different HPV viruses (morethat 100) in which some are responsible for various health problems such as genital warts as wellas cancer (CDC, 2017). A cure for HPV has not yet been established, but is preventable throughHPV vaccine. The signs and symptoms for HPV include warts (commonly genital warts) and cancers. Genitalwarts are bumps clusters or stem-like bumps that commonly appear in the vulva (cervix) inwomen and scrotum or penis in men (Hall, 2019).Other types of HPV warts include commonwarts, plantar warts, and flat warts. In regards to cancer, the symptoms usually present whencancer reaches advanced stages and they may include irregular bleeding which may be after sexor in between periods; back, pelvic, or leg pain; weigh and appetite loss; tiredness; vaginalsmelly 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 treatsymptoms and they include: Salicylic acid which is found is some over-the-counter (OTC) medications and works by gettingrid of little warts layers at a time. However, salicylic cannot be used on the face. Side effectsinclude sores, mild skin irritation, or pain (Mayo Clinic, 2018).Imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara) which used to improve one’s immunity of the affected to fightHPV; the side effects include swelling and redness on the applied area. Others side effectsinclude body aches, pain, blisters, rashes, cough, and fatigue (Hall, 2019).