What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About HPVand Abnormal Pap Smears
Joel Palefsky & Jody Handley
Warner, 2002 (2002)
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Reviewed by Angela Landreth
hat Your Doctor May Not Tell You About HPV and Abnormal Pap Smears
is an in-depth straight talking, fact filled book dealing with a relatively unknown virus that approximately 75% of sexually active adults will contract. HPV, human papillomavirus, is '
the most common sexually transmitted disease
'. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this virus, just treatments for the diseases it causes. There are more than one hundred types of human papillomavirus. It can cause warts, precancerous cervical disease, and cervical cancer.
his book includes information on Pap Smears, how HPV affects women and men, treatment methods, and how to take control if you contract this virus. It is well written, with a depth of detail, and you come away with empowering knowledge. You receive an understanding of how Pap Smears and screening work and the importance of regular, yearly exams. This book is a wonderful tool to open communications not only with sexual partners and health care providers, but also within families. The information that if contains would be beneficial to anyone who is, or is thinking about, becoming sexually active.
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