"Start the Conversation!"

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are more than 40 HPV types that can attack the genital areas of men and women, typically attacking skin and mucous membranes. HPV is silent, i.e. it cannot be seen, so that most people infected, are unaware of their infection.


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HPV types are categorized as “low risk (wart causing)” or “high risk (cancer causing)” based on whether they put a person at risk for cancer. The increasing prevalence of HPV infections and the significant risk of developing cervical cancer make the recent development of a vaccine extremely timely. Immunization is recommended by the CDC for both girls and boys beginning at age 11 or 12.  For girls not vaccinated at this age, the CDC recommends their receiving the vaccine between ages of 13 to 26; for boys, between 13 and twenty one.  

Whether to vaccinate a young minor for a disease transmitted sexually may involve awkward, mature discussion, and brings into play serious moral, medical and ethical issues. Whatever one decides, it seems most appropriate to at the very least “Have the Conversation.” For a detailed, in-depth discussion of the medical implications, please refer to this site.

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We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the California Family Health Council (CFHC), a non-profit leader in the development of health education training and resources for both the community and for health care providers, nationwide. The CFHC mission is to promote and advocate sexual health along the continuum of life, and to create and broaden access to health education, information and services.

The decisions with respect to sexual activity, health and prevention are not simple.  The CFHC can help provide information and options that may help clarify the issues in order to promote informed decisions.  
Please visit www.cfhc.org for more information.