Cervical cancer STI virus: Fifteen-year-old Dolores was embarrassed to talk with her mother about the pain she felt in her “private parts,” but she was worried she might have gotten a disease, despite Nick’s assurance that she was his “first.” Her mother insisted that Dolores see a doctor, who discovered cervical lesions caused by a virus associated with cancer.
- What sexually transmitted virus is involved?
- How should the physician treat the lesions?
- How could Dolores have protected herself?
Cervical cancer STI virus SAMPLE
Human papiliomavirus (HPV) is involved in the infection. This virus causes benign papiliomas and premalignant lesions that will drive cancers of cervix, ulva, vagina, penis, oropharynx and anus. They are typically transmitted through sexual contact.