Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic

Des Moines, IA US
October 28, 2015

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the human papillomavirus (HPV) is thought to be responsible for more than 90% of anal and cervical cancers, about 70% of vaginal and vulvar cancers, and more than 60% of penile cancers. Cancers of the head and neck are mostly caused by tobacco and alcohol, but recent studies show that about 70% of cancers of the oropharynx may be linked to HPVSomeone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” will educate, shock, reveal, entertain, and maybe even save lives…

“Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” is a feature length in-depth documentary on the stories of struggle, tragedy and triumph surrounding this complicated and often misunderstood infection. Women are living with (and dying from) HPV related cancers every single day. These women are real. Real Mothers, Real Daughters, Real Wives, Girlfriends, Friends and Sisters. Anybody who has been sexual with even one partner is at a high risk for catching HPV. This documentary lifts the veil and reveals some of the faces of HPV and sheds light on the risks, myths, problems, politics, misconceptions and hard truths about this widespread epidemic.

Did you know?

  • Eighty Percent of all people under 50 years of age will have HPV at some point in their lives.
  • One in two current college students have HPV.
  • Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women
  • HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Condoms do not fully prevent the spread of HPV.
  • HPV can lay dormant in a person’s system for years, only to show up later in the form of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells.
  • Men cannot be tested for HPV, but do unknowingly carry and spread the virus.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, social workers, certified medical assistants, other medical professionals, healthcare community, and those who have been affected by HPV.

Watch the Trailer

"It's the best film on this subject in existence. A perfect mix of pathos, science, and medicine with a clear call to action."
- Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. Meet five unforgettable women whose lives have been changed forever and even interrupted by this deadly virus.

“I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women have an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. For others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey, it demonstrates the epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life.


  1. Describe the natural history of HPV particularly as it relates to primary cervical cancer screening recommendations.
  2. Determine appropriate age-specific cervical cancer screening recommendations, and appropriate management of women age 30 and older screened by co-testing with a Pap and HPV DNA test.
  3. Choose the cervical cancer screening option, or options, most likely to benefit the patient.
  4. Develop skills in counseling about HPV infection, the purpose of cervical cytology screening, and the reasons for specific screening recommendations for an individual patient based on age and history.


5 pmRegistration and Dinner
6 pmSomeone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
7:45 pmPanel Discussion
8:30 pmAdjourn

Panel Members

  • Misty Hepner, Cervical Cancer Survivor
  • Lori Parsons, MSN, RN, Executive Director of Iowa Immunization Coalition
  • Rachel Reimer, PhD, Chair, Program Director and Associate Professor, Master of Public Health, Des Moines University
  • Stephen Rinderknecht, DO, UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. 




Continuing Education Credit

  • CMA: AAMA approved for 2.5 CUEs General or Clinical.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 2.5 AOA Category 1-A CME credit(s).
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 3.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Social Workers: NASW-IA has determined that this program meets the criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work for 2.5 CEUs for Social Workers. 
  • Other Professionals: This live activity is designated for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 1­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 IBON
  • 2.50 NASW
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/28/2015 - 6:00pm
Event ends: 
10/28/2015 - 8:30pm
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC Auditorium
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 1­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 IBON
  • 2.50 NASW


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