How the rhetorical assertion ‘Men don’t need to be and/or can’t be medically diagnosed for High Risk Human Papillomavirus (hrHPV)’ has been framed in governmental and scientific infectious disease discourse

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2013-05

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“Men don’t need to be and/or can’t be medically diagnosed for hrHPV”, an amalgam of assertive statements collected from the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication “HPV and Men – CDC Fact Sheet” and from specific scientific infectious disease discourse, is a controversial medical “theme.” A more rhetorically accurate theme is “medical diagnosis of hrHPV in males is often shown through discourse to have no value.” Determining the value of hrHPV diagnosis in males, however, is not the objective of this thesis. The objective of this thesis is to document the discussion surrounding the theme "Men don’t need to be and/or can’t be medically diagnosed for hrHPV” in selected governmental and scientific discourses, to classify how the theme is framed, to question perceived risks to men’s health because of the theme, to classify how the questions intersect with other hrHPV subjects, and to show that men are basically an afterthought in the subject of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) hrHPV that causes several forms of potentially deadly cancer in men and women and is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV), Cancer, Cervical cancer, Public health, High risk human papillomavirus

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