Get up to speed on HPV with self-study module

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now offers a free web-based self-study module, “Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection,” as part of its Self-Study STD Modules for Clinicians series. The module is available at the following web site: http://1.usa.gov/13fMuIB.

The module is a web- based training course designed to guide clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of genital HPV infection. The training module is based on the sexually transmitted disease (STD) curriculum developed by the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers.

After completing the course, participants will be able to describe the epidemiology of genital HPV infection in the United States, offer an overview on the pathogenesis of genital HPV, and discuss the clinical manifestations of infection. Participants also will be able to identify methods used to diagnose selected manifestations of genital HPV infections, discuss the CDC-recommended treatment regimens for genital warts, summarize appropriate prevention counseling messages for genital HPV infection, and describe public health measures for the prevention of infection.

The Self-Study STD Module — HPV is intended for nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, physicians, and other clinicians in primary care settings who desire a basic introduction to STD diagnosis and management. Participants completing the Self-Study STD Module — HPV can earn continuing education in a variety of categories.

Other self-study modules available include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes simplex virus, pelvic inflammatory disease, syphilis, and vaginitis. They are available at the following web site: http://1.usa.gov/12fwzys.