Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Resource Overview

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There are more than 120 strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Approximately 15 strains are linked with cervical and other cancers; approximately 12 cause genital warts. The HPV vaccine protects against oncogenic (high-risk) HPV strains, and cervical cytology testing (Pap test) combined with HPV testing is the preferred method for cervical cancer screening in women 30 to 65. Ob-gyns, physicians whose primary responsibility is women’s health, play a leading role in counseling patients about the HPV vaccine and HPV testing.

Here are the key publications and resources for ob-gyns, other women’s health care providers, and patients from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other sources.  

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Practice Bulletin: Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention (members only)

“Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention,” issued by ACOG in October 2016, provides a review of the best available evidence for cervical cancer screening. This evidence-based guideline covers cervical cytology (Pap test) screening techniques and test reporting, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and testing.

Committee Opinion: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

“Human Papillomavirus Vaccination,” issued by ACOG in July 2015, covers the role of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the prevention of cervical cancer, as well as other anogenital cancers and genital warts. This guideline includes information about the bivalent, quadrivalent, and 9-valent HPV vaccines, as well as specific recommendations for pregnant and lactating women.

Website: Immunization For Women (for Providers)

Immunization for Women is a website created and run by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and their patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Immunization for Women provides ob-gyns with a valuable resource for immunization best practices and patient education. It includes a section with information about HPV for providers.

 


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Patient Fact Sheet: New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

“New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening,” issued by ACOG in September 2013, provides women with the latest recommendations for Pap and HPV testing.

Patient FAQ: Cervical Cancer Screening

“Cervical Cancer Screening,” issued by ACOG in February 2013, explains that cervical cancer screening, used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer, includes the Pap test (Pap smear) and, for some women, HPV testing.

Website: Immunization For Women (for Patients)

Immunization for Women is a website created and run by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and their patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including human papillomavirus vaccines. Immunization for Women empowers women with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about immunization and their health. It includes a section with information about HPV for patients.

 


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 57,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality women’s health care, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.

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