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Genital warts spreading among teen girls.

Genital Warts Spreading Among Teen Girls

The most common sexually transmitted disease among teenage girl is human papilloma virus (HPV), says Barbara Moscicki, M.D., a physician at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco.

"It now far exceeds the incidence of gonorrhea and chlamydia," she noted. "Pap smears alone cannot always be depended upon to detect these infections," she warned. An experimental deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test may improve the in-office detection by a doctor, she suggested, especially when used in conjunction with the Pap test.

Detection in the early stages of papilloma virus infection is essential, most authorities contend, because the condition can lead to cervical cancer.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Mar 22, 1990
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