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The Most-Googled Disease in Each State

The Most-Googled Disease in Each State

The ability to discreetly search symptoms online via search engines has revolutionized medicine as we know it. Becker’s Hospital Review, a leader in healthcare industry news and trends, recently shared The most-Googled disease in each state.” TermLife2Go, an independent agency that researches life insurance companies, used Google Trends to compile the list of search popularity.

Virginia: Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) was the most Googled disease among Virginians. In fact, HPV far surpassed other searches nationwide, with 17 of the 50 United States having HPV as their most popular Google disease search. And it’s no wonder HPV ranked among the top diseases searched, as it is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV can be spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex and also from mother to baby through pregnancy, labor, or nursing. Prevention and early detection are crucial.

Here are some fast facts on HPV:

It’s common - There are approximately 14 million newly diagnosed cases of human papillomavirus (HPV) annually. Most sexually active men and women will contract HPV at some point during their lifetime.

It’s more than a virus - Each year, around 19,400 women and 12,100 men in the U.S. are affected by cancers that stem from HPV, including cervical cancer.

It’s preventable - There is no cure, but vaccines (recommended for youth between 11-12 years of age) can protect against infection. Routine screenings conducted by primary care providers, gynecologists, and urologists, can provide early diagnoses that allow for management and prevention of cancers that may develop.

If you think you may have HPV, are interested in the preventative vaccination, want to be screened or require additional consultation, visit a Valley Health Primary Care office, Multispecialty Clinic or Urgent or Quick Care near you.

West Virginia: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Stroke, Kidney Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Not one disease, but several were the topics most-Googled by West Virginians. Here are some fast facts about each disease:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • It’s the third leading cause of disease-related death in the U.S.
  • It’s a long-term lung disease makes breathing difficult.
  • Symptoms include a lingering cough.
  • It is preventable and treatable - The main cause of COPD is smoking; however, nonsmokers can develop COPD due to secondhand smoke, exposure to pollution, dust and chemicals/fumes, genetic predispositions and/or a history of respiratory infection.
  • Support exists in our community - click here to learn more about Living Well with COPD, a free program offering education and group classes.


  • It’s common - On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.
  • It’s preventable - Many healthcare professionals believe that 80% of all strokes can be prevented. Reduce your risk by removing excess weight, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as not smoking.
  • It’s detectable - Remember to act F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911).
  • Valley Health Winchester Medical Center (WMC) has been certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. To learn more, visit this page.

Kidney Disease

  • Symptoms include fluid retention, fatigue and affected urine output (less or more)- these develop slowly and are often identified by a laboratory test or medical imaging.
  • Medications can help manage symptoms.
  • In late stages, dialysis or transplant may be needed.
  • Those with chronic kidney disease may benefit from Valley Health’s Epogen (EPO) Clinic.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the lining of joints.
  • Symptoms include painful swollen joints, stiffness and even fever and loss of appetite.
  • While there is no cure, intervention can help slow the disease’s progression. To learn more about Valley Health’s specialty care options, click here.

Valley Health offers support for all types of chronic diseases. To learn more about support groups, programs and treatment, visit this page.

View the full list of most-Googled diseases online at