The Truth About HPV and How to Prevent It

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History of HPV

The human papillomavirus was first associated with skin cancer and lesions by a dermatology professor from Poland in 1972. In 1978, that professor, Stefania Jablonska, was working at the Pasteur Institute and along with another expert, discovered HPV 5 in skin cancer.

German professor Harald zur Hausen formed the theory that human papillomavirus was the main factor in the development of cervical cancer in 1976 and published a paper on it. He and his colleagues identified two types of HPV, HPV 16 and HPV 18, in cervical cancer. Since then, many researchers have begun studying the effect of human papillomavirus has on our health, specifically when it comes to cancer.

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