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On December 20, 2000, Congress passed Public Law 106-554, which includes provisions concerning HPV. This legislation requires, among other activities, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Conduct sentinel surveillance and special studies to determine the prevalence of HPV in the United States.
  • Conduct behavioral and other research on the impact of HPV-related diagnosis on individuals; formative research to assist with the development of educational messages; surveys of physician and public knowledge, attitudes, and practices about genital HPV infection.
  • Upon the completion of formative research, develop and disseminate educational materials for the public and healthcare providers regarding HPV and its impact and prevention.

Since the law’s enactment, the CDC has coordinated epidemiological, behavioral, and communication research activities to meet this mandate. To achieve the communication goals outlined by Congress, CDC implemented several formative research activities to assess the HPV-related knowledge, attitudes, and awareness of the general public and HPV-infected individuals, as well as their HPV-related information needs. CDC has also completed formative research assessing health care providers’knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding HPV diagnosis, management, treatment, and communication.


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