December 31, 2014

Research Roundup: Good sources for background information on HPV and cervical cancer

I am not going to write a bunch of posts explaining that there are different strains of HPV, that some strains of HPV cause cervical cancer, or that the strains that cause cervical cancer are different from the strains that cause genital warts or warts on other parts of your body.

For basic information on HPV and cervical cancer, I suggest you take a look at materials from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). Their patient education materials are simplified, but they are accurate and seem to be updated to incorporate recent research. If you want more detail, ARHP's clinician quick reference and other clinician education materials are accurate and fairly up-to-date (last update seems to have been 2009 on most materials), but go into more detail. The .pdf slide decks for clinician training are really detailed, comprehensive, and mostly hooey-free.

Although it's kind of telling that deck 10, "HPV in Men," was evidently never developed. Like so much, that's a subject for another post.