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Vaccination Debate  

Students will debate the pros and cons of HPV vaccination.
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Debate Preparation

Before entering the debate, each student will have read all assigned articles and completed the assignments. In addition, the student must submit a 10 sentence summary of a resource chosen from the BSHS libguide for this project.


    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Overview

         HPV is a virus that infects the skin and mucous membranes. There are more than 200 types of the virus. The virus can be transmitted through sexual contact and is considered one of the most common STIs. It is estimated that between 1 to 5 million new infections occur annually. The virus infects squamous cells which make up most of the cells in the outer layer of the skin. Infection occus primarily through skin to skin contact with an infected person. Females between the ages of 18 to 30 are the population most frequently infected. Cervical cancer is linked to HPV infection in 90% of cases. There are two vaccines available. One of the two, Gardasil, has been approved by the FDA and has been shown to be 98% effective in preventing HPV-related lesions caused by the two main types of the virus for up to 3 years. It should be noted that the vaccine will not protect a woman against other of the many forms of the HPV virus. The vaccine is not effective in treating someone who is already infected (Harley, 2014).

    Harley, J. H. (2014). Human papillomaviruses. In AccessScience. McGraw-Hill Education.    Retrieved from             papillomaviruses/900162


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