CME Bulletin

Human Papillomavirus: Anogenital Infection

For AAFP members only

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly all sexually active individuals will contract anogenital HPV in their lifetimes. Improve patient immunization rates, diagnosis of HPV infection, and postinfection medical management, and earn 2 AAFP Prescribed credits. This activity is free for AAFP Members.

This CME Bulletin was written by Shannon B. Dowler, MD, FAAFP.

Activity Details

Learning Objectives

After reading this CME Bulletin, you should be able to:

  • Apply current human papillomavirus (HPV) guidelines and algorithms to improve patient immunization rates, diagnosis of HPV infection, and post-infection medical management.
  • Identify the key factors that influence patients to decline appropriate HPV preventive care, diagnostics, or post-infection management procedures.
  • Use the patient-centered medical home model to identify strategies to improve HPV immunization rates, HPV detection, and post-infection management.


This CME Bulletin is supported by an educational grant to the AAFP from Merck.

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CME Credit

This enduring material activity, CME Bulletin: Human Papillomavirus: Anogenital Infection, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins March 31, 2014. Term of approval is for two years from this date with the option of yearly renewal. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


About the Author

Shannon B. Dowler, MD, FAAFP is the chief medical officer at Blue Ridge Community Health Services and is a clinical assistant professor with the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine in Henderson, North Carolina. Dr. Dowler completed a family medicine residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Ashville, North Carolina.

About the Medical Editor

Mindy A. Smith, MD, MS is a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids. She completed a family medicine at Southern Illinois University, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, and a Master’s Degree in Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr Smith serves as an associate medical editor for the American Academy of Family Physicians’ FP Essentials™ and deputy editor of Essential Evidence Plus.


Please read the disclosures before beginning the CME Bulletin.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and medical editor, and do not necessarily represent those of the American Academy of Family Physicians or Merck.

The AAFP uses an anonymous peer review process to evaluate the content of each CME Bulletin and resolution of any potential conflict of interest, and guarantees the fairness and balance of the content.

Drugs and Off-Label Uses

The faculty for this activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure the information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of accreditation. Information regarding drugs (eg, administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, and precautions) and delivery systems is subject to change. 

The reader is advised to check the manufacturer’s insert and medical references for information concerning recommended dosage and potential problems or cautions prior to dispensing or administering any drug.


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After completing this activity, take the self-assessment quiz to receive CME credit.

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