HPV: What You and Your Patients Should Know

About 80 million people in the United States are currently infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Almost all sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives and most will never even know it. Luckily, most infections clear up after about one year. If the infection is not eliminated by the immune system it can potentially lead to cervical, oropharyngeal, anal or genital cancer. Fortunately, there is a vaccine to prevent HPV. This course will discuss in detail what HPV is, how it is transmitted and its role in oropharyngeal cancer. The course will then focus on HPV prevention through vaccination and provide tips and resources on how to effectively talk to patients and parents about the virus and vaccine.

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Dentists, Otolaryngologists, Gastroenterologists, Radiologists, Medical Oncologists, Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons, Surgeons, Pathologists, Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Hospitalists.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the appropriate HPV vaccination schedule and recommendations based on the patient’s age.
  • Develop self-efficacy in delivering effective HPV vaccination recommendations. 
  • Detail the role of HPV in oropharyngeal cancer. 
Additional information
  • McClung, N. M., Gargano, J. W., Park, I. U., Whitney, E., Abdullah, N., Ehlers, S., ... & HPV-IMPACT Working Group. (2019). Estimated number of cases of high-grade cervical lesions diagnosed among women—United States, 2008 and 2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 68(15), 337.
  • Tanaka, T. I., & Alawi, F. (2018). Human papillomavirus and oropharyngeal cancer. Dental Clinics, 62(1), 111-120.
  • Rosenblum, H. G., Lewis, R. M., Gargano, J. W., Querec, T. D., Unger, E. R., & Markowitz, L. E. (2021). Declines in prevalence of human papillomavirus vaccine-type infection among females after introduction of vaccine—United States, 2003–2018. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 70(12), 415.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ABOHNS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Jennifer Frustino, DDS, Ph.D.
Director of Oral Cancer Screening and Diagnostics
Department of Oral Oncology & Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Erie County Medical Center
Buffalo, NY

Jennifer Frustino, DDS, Ph.D., faculty for this educational activity, has received research funding from MuReva – site PI for clinical trial. Dr. Frustino has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Evan B. Rosen, DMD, conference director for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose.

Non-faculty and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn their required annual part II self-assessment credit in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s Continuing Certification program (formerly known as MOC). It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of recognizing participation.

Your participation information will be shared with specialty boards through the ACCME's PARS reporting system. Successful completion of a course examination is required. Submissions are recorded in approximately 48 hours. You will receive an email when your credits have been processed.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 ABOHNS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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