Patient Education on Hpv Essay

1128 Words May 31st, 2012 5 Pages
Human Papillomavirus
Andrea Wagner
July 25, 2011
Shannon Smith

Patient Education Plan for Human Papillomavirus
Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is very common in both women and men. More than 100 types of HPV have been found, and about 30 of these types are spread from person to person through sexual contact. There are more than 100 types of HPV, some types of HPV cause genital warts, while others cause cancer of the cervix. Two vaccines are available that can protect against some of these HPV types (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2010).
HPV is a very common virus. Some research suggests that at least three out of four people who have sex will be diagnosed with a genital HPV infection
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A week later, Molly S. received a call from her gynecologist stated that her Pap smear results confirmed presence of HPV cells on her cervix. Molly S. is asked to come back to office to determine plan of care.
While assessing Molly S. for her learning needs, some general questions should be asked as a part of the assessment; for example, last grade completed, is the patient familiar with HPV, does she know how it can be prevented, is she familiar with the vaccines available. Learning opportunities for adults exist in a variety of settings ranging from a formal institution to a place of employment. It is important to acknowledge prior knowledge and experiences of learners, including their ability to recognize their own skills as lifelong learners (Merriam, 1999). When Molly S. was asked these questions she answered them completely and with confidence. She is well educated, completing her Associates Degree in liberal arts and also holds her Nail Technicians License. She is very familiar with HPV and the implications that can arise from it. She is aware of her options for the abnormal cells on her cervix and the importance of removing them as soon as possible. She has some questions for her doctor, regarding the reoccurrence or complete elimination of the cells, the probability of becoming pregnant with her history of one ovary and multiple surgeries for abnormal cells on her cervix and her possibly spreading the virus to her boyfriend.
Molly S. is a self-directed

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