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Editor's Message  |   April 2008
AOA Supports Educating Public About HPV
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Editor's Message   |   April 2008
AOA Supports Educating Public About HPV
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2008, Vol. 108, S7. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2008, Vol. 108, S7. doi:
This supplement to JAOAThe Journal of the American Osteopathic Association is advancing the mission of the AOA's policy regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccination. 
In July 2007, the AOA House of Delegates approved a policy calling for the AOA and osteopathic physicians to support efforts to educate the public regarding HPV and its relationship to cervical cancer and genital warts. 
The policy further instructs the AOA to urge osteopathic physicians to educate themselves about HPV vaccines, as well as those patients for whom the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending vaccination. (In their messages on the inside front cover and page S1, the guest editors of this supplement echo the self-education and patient-education provisions of the AOA's policy.) 
Finally, the policy charges the AOA with urging public and private health insurers to provide adequate coverage for HPV vaccines, and it supports ongoing research to determine whether HPV vaccines would benefit groups other than those the CDC has identified so far.