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CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
e-mail: becky-soglin@uiowa.edu

Release: Feb. 23, 2000

MEDIA ADVISORY:

UI physician available to comment on low awareness of HPV

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A Feb. 17 Reuters Health story reports that 70 percent of Americans age 18 and older have not heard of human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. However, HPV infects millions of people each year and can be symptom-free or cause genital warts. Of 70 different HPV types, nearly 13 are sexually transmissible. In a minority of cases, these HPV types, if left untreated, can lead to genital or anal cancer in men and women. These cancers include cervical cancer, which annually causes nearly 4,600 deaths in the United States and 500,000 worldwide. In Iowa, nearly 150 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

Kevin P. Ault, M.D., University of Iowa assistant professor obstetrics and gynecology, treats patients with HPV and studies prevention and treatment. He is available to discuss HPV infection and the need for increased public awareness, the HPV link to cervical cancer and related UI research. Ault can be reached at (319) 353-7384 or kevin-ault@uiowa.edu.

The best times to reach Ault are:

Late Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 23 and early Thursday morning, Feb. 24. He can also be reached Wednesday evening at his home number of 358-9902.

The complete Reuters Health story can be found online at: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000217/hl/dsb_49.html