Factors Affecting HPV Transmission, Cancer Screening and Condom Use
Cervical cancer ranks as the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer and the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus (HPV). Sexual behavior is a primary risk factor for acquiring the HPV infection. HPV is usually transmitted skin-to-skin during penetrative vaginal or anal genital contact. Little effort had been undertaken to explore variables associated with the transmission of HVP and the development of cervical cancer among college-age women and men in the United States. An exploratory study is therefore being undertaken to examine factors known or believed to be associated with HPV transmission, HPV and cervical cancer risk, HPV and cervical cancer screening, and cervical cancer treatment in the United States.