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2nd Edition Of

Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 21 -23, 2022 | Singapore

Nursing 2021

Human Papillomavirus: A Global Burden

Speaker at Singapore Nursing Research Conference 2021 - Latiena Williams
University of South Florida, United States
Title : Human Papillomavirus: A Global Burden


The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the human papillomavirus (HPV) as a global burden, associated with 70% of cervical cancer cases (WHO, 2016). HPV is the principal cause of most cervical cancer cases and is the fourth most common cancer in women, worldwide. Hispanic women are both sixty percent more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and thirty percent more likely to die from cervical cancer as compared to non-Hispanic white women (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2017). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are over 100 varieties of HPV, more than 40 of which are passed through sexual contact and can affect the genitals, mouth, or throat. The risk factors associated with acquiring the infection are for both sexually active women and men. Policies that are currently in place are centered on the requirement of the HPV vaccine, funding the vaccine, and educating the public or school children about the vaccine. Data available suggests that globally, HPV is a major health and economic problem. Despite the progress made in a few states with policies, data suggests that there is still more work to be done.


Dr. Williams is an early career nurse scientist, with a passion to understand health disparities among vulnerable populations. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from South University in Savannah, Georgia and Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from South University in Tampa, Florida. For ten years, she has prepared undergraduate and graduate students to provide culturally competent care to diverse populations. Dr. Williams has given many national presentations and authored several scholarly publications. Her research interests are in Child Health, Health Disparities, and Minority Health.