Journal of Undergraduate Research


human papillomavirus, HPV, religious populations


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV (“Human Papillomavirus (HPV)”, 2016). In fact, it is so common that most sexually active adults will be infected at some point in their life (“Human Papillomavirus (HPV)”, 2016). While HPV is in many cases innocuous, if it persists, certain strains may cause genital warts or several types of cancer. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, along with many vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, mouth and throat cancers (“HPV and Cancer”, 2016). Cervical cancer in particular is one of the most deadly cancers in American women, affecting about 12,990 women every year, and killing about 4,120 (“HPV and Cancer”, 2016). Fortunately, cervical cancer is preventable through HPV vaccination and regular Pap test screenings.

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