HPV stands for the human papilloma virus. It is a viral infection that can affect the genitals, anus, or throat.
5 Facts You Should Know
- You Don’t Need to have Sex to Contract HPV
HPV is transmitted through genital skin-to-skin sexual contact.
- Not all Types of HPV Cause Cancer
HPV is a group of over a hundred different viruses. There are some types that are high-risk, cancer-causing strains, and there are other strains that are known to cause genital warts.
- HPV is Very Common
It is estimated that over 20 million Americans are infected with HPV.
- There is no Cure for HPV
The types of HPV that cause genital warts and cervical cancer can be managed, not cured.
- Most People with HPV do not have Symptoms
People can still be infected and not show any symptoms of HPV. This is why regular Pap smears are vital for women after the age of 21.