Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus transmitted by sexual contact. Most people will be infected by one or more HPV types over the course of their lifetime. Nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States.
In most cases, HPV infections resolve on their own, but in some cases, infection persists, and when it does it can lead to the development of cancer. HPV can result in cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, or anus, as well as oropharynx (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils.) Every year in the U.S., 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. A safe, effective vaccine has been available for more than a decade, and most of these cancers could be prevented by vaccination. HPV vaccination is recommended routinely for boys and girls at 11-12 years of age, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society, among other organizations, have declared that HPV vaccination is a public health priority. Yet, many teens and young adults remain unvaccinated and therefore are at risk for HPV-related cancers and other diseases.
Speaker Biography - Jay M. Lieberman, M.D
Jay M. Lieberman, M.D
Medical Director, PRA Health Services
Jay M. Lieberman, M.D. is a graduate of Princeton University and the New York University School of Medicine. He is a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, having completed his residency training in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Lieberman is currently a Medical Director at PRA Health Services, a Contract Research Organization, having recently left Merck Vaccines, where he was a Regional Medical Director. Before joining Merck in 2013, he served as Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at Quest Diagnostics and Laboratory Director for Focus Diagnostics (Cypress, CA), an infectious diseases reference laboratory owned by Quest.
Before joining Quest in 2007, Dr. Lieberman was professor of clinical pediatrics at UCI and chief of infectious diseases at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. While there, he was the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award from the UCI School of Medicine seven times and the Faculty Teaching Award from Miller Children’s Hospital four times.
Dr. Lieberman’s wife is a graduate of the UCSF School of Pharmacy and works as a hospital pharmacist at Miller Children’s Hospital. They live in Irvine with their four beautiful children who are fully vaccinated.
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