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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) HPV and Abnormal Pap Smears: Get the Facts on this Dangerous Virus-Protect your Health and Your Life! [Paperback]

Joel Palefsky , Jody Handley
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Book Description

May 1 2002 What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About...
Human Papilloma Virus - HPV - is a sexually transmitted disease that is known as 'the silent killer' because its symptoms are so ambiguous most people don't know they have it. This book will raise awareness of this disease, as well as other abnormal smear tests, and provide much needed information and support.

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Dr. Palefsky is a professor at the University of California San Francisco and a leading HPV expert.

Dr. Joel Palefsky and Jody Handley both live in San Francisco, California.


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An estimated 75 percent of sexually active adults have or will have transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lifetimes. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative... but could be more... May 28 2003
By Cherie
Format:Paperback
HPV is a little known STD/virus... but yet is the #1 STD on the planet. Information on HPV needs to be more accessible to women and their partners. This book is a wonderful step forward in doing so.
This book has a lot of information on the virus itself, and how it infects the body to cause dysplasia and potentially cervical cancer. (The first chapter is more clinical than the rest.) There are some guidelines for preventing the spread, but I do have some complaints on some things the book seems to miss:
- More information on treatments and their side effects/recovery expectations.
- The book seems to concentrate on cervical cancer being the major concern... and while it is deadly, most cervical cancers are preventable by catching dysplasia early. My primary concern is with dysplasia itself, and the frustration of treating and follow-up with it.
- There's not a lot of information on what you can do to help mild dysplasia (the most common diagnosis) heal on it's own.
- The book doesn't cover a lot about multiple HPV strain infections (which I believe is important information for anyone not in a monogamous relationship.)
There's still a lot of missing information in medical science in regards to HPV...and hopefully as more is known, future editions of this and other books will incorporate what is found and be able to give us useful information on preventing and treating HPV relate conditions.
Overall, I highly encourage all sexually active people to educate themselves on HPV and other STDs. This book is an excellent choice for this, especially if you're curious as to HOW the virus infects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book long needed for women and health April 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Dr Palefsky has empowered women with knowledge and advice about a virus that affects over 75% of all sexually active women AND men. HPV is the primary cause of all Cervical cancer and before Paps, Cervical cancer was the leading killer of women pre 1940. HPV and Cervical Cancer can go undetected for decades. The link to HPV was only discovered 10 years ago. Due to the nature of society's attitude toward sexuality, very few people, physicians, or organizations have addressed this issue of womens health with competancy or compassion. 80% of our population do not even know what HPV is much less how it affects our health. Most women are cluless as to the cause of abnormal paps, cervical cancer, dysplasia due to HPV. Majority of our society carry this disease yet women are not empowered to help themselves. My hats off to Dr Palefsky for lifting the dark veil off of this health issue to help save the lives of most women and men in our society who are inflicted with this virus. God Bless him. His book was easy to read and very informative with needed facts and no judgemental attitudes. His book is a must for all High school students as well as all adults.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Helpful! June 28 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read just about every book there is regarding HPV and abnormal pap smears. This book was by far the most upsetting and confusing. Information was not clear and quite contradicting. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative... but could be more... May 28 2003
By Cherie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
HPV is a little known STD/virus... but yet is the #1 STD on the planet. Information on HPV needs to be more accessible to women and their partners. This book is a wonderful step forward in doing so.
This book has a lot of information on the virus itself, and how it infects the body to cause dysplasia and potentially cervical cancer. (The first chapter is more clinical than the rest.) There are some guidelines for preventing the spread, but I do have some complaints on some things the book seems to miss:
- More information on treatments and their side effects/recovery expectations.
- The book seems to concentrate on cervical cancer being the major concern... and while it is deadly, most cervical cancers are preventable by catching dysplasia early. My primary concern is with dysplasia itself, and the frustration of treating and follow-up with it.
- There's not a lot of information on what you can do to help mild dysplasia (the most common diagnosis) heal on it's own.
- The book doesn't cover a lot about multiple HPV strain infections (which I believe is important information for anyone not in a monogamous relationship.)
There's still a lot of missing information in medical science in regards to HPV...and hopefully as more is known, future editions of this and other books will incorporate what is found and be able to give us useful information on preventing and treating HPV relate conditions.
Overall, I highly encourage all sexually active people to educate themselves on HPV and other STDs. This book is an excellent choice for this, especially if you're curious as to HOW the virus infects.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book long needed for women and health April 26 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dr Palefsky has empowered women with knowledge and advice about a virus that affects over 75% of all sexually active women AND men. HPV is the primary cause of all Cervical cancer and before Paps, Cervical cancer was the leading killer of women pre 1940. HPV and Cervical Cancer can go undetected for decades. The link to HPV was only discovered 10 years ago. Due to the nature of society's attitude toward sexuality, very few people, physicians, or organizations have addressed this issue of womens health with competancy or compassion. 80% of our population do not even know what HPV is much less how it affects our health. Most women are cluless as to the cause of abnormal paps, cervical cancer, dysplasia due to HPV. Majority of our society carry this disease yet women are not empowered to help themselves. My hats off to Dr Palefsky for lifting the dark veil off of this health issue to help save the lives of most women and men in our society who are inflicted with this virus. God Bless him. His book was easy to read and very informative with needed facts and no judgemental attitudes. His book is a must for all High school students as well as all adults.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Information Every Woman Should Know April 2 2013
By Diana Dickerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a couple of different reasons. I had an "abnormal" PAP and was sent to a specialist for further testing. After a secondary exam and PAP my GYN sat with me and attempted to explain what the numbers and various lab results were. It seemed like the more questions I asked her, the more confused I was. I went home feeling a lot of apprehension and uncertainty if I really understood what it all meant.

I started searching for info on the web and really didn't find the kind of comprehensive information I was searching for. I ran across a popular women's health web site that referred to this book. I found it here on Amazon and ordered it. It is technical and at times a bit too technical, (hence 4 stars and not 5) but it also explains the medical aspects so that it is understandable for the non-medical lay-person. It answers just about any question that can be asked on the subject. It relieved my apprehension and fear, educated me and gave me the ability to be able to talk with my doctor having a better understanding of the medical terms, lab test results and the numbers that are used. It also reassured me that the treatment and prognosis is successful when treated early.

Second reason I wanted this particular book: In the early tests, I was tested also for HPV. My husband has worked in a laser surgery department that specialized in laser surgery for HPV related growths in children and we realized that with the exception of the technical aspect of the laser surgery, neither of us knew much about the medical pathology of HPV. This book arrived while I was waiting for my results. I was stunned by the statistics on HPV and how it is actually transmitted. It can lay dormant and inactive for years in both men and women. HPV isn't the disease of promiscuity and we need to get rid of the stigma attached to it. I definitely got an education through this book.

Fortunately my test came back with the lowest risk factor for developing cervical cancer. I will need PAPs every six months for three years to assure that my treatment was completely succesful but I feel confident that it was. I do regret that it took a medical scare for me to get educated not only for myself, but for my daughter and my female family members and friends. I'm going to share this book with them and talk about what every woman, young and old, needs to know. It's not something we normally talk about in casual conversations, but we should. Knowledge and information is power and can save lives. I highly recommend this book for every woman.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book about HPV Sept. 11 2008
By A. Nixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book contains ALL the info you need about HPV, very easy read, LOTS of GREAT information!! A MUST READ for anyone who has HPV.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've Bought in a Long Time! June 20 2008
By megorox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved this book! I needed a way to read up on this particular condition, since your doctor will often not explain everything to you. This book covers all sorts of conditions related to HPV, and it gives advice about how to take precautions in preventing it altogether and/or preventing its spread to others. What I thought was most important, though, is that this book helps you to realize the enormity of the situation surrounding HPV - so many people have it, and no one should ever be ashamed that they have developed a problem from it. With proper medical care and screening, this virus and the cancers associated with it can virtually be eliminated! I highly recommend this book if you want a thorough, less complex explanation of this disease.
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