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What Is HPV?

Get the Facts About HPV
Get the Facts About HPV

What is HPV?

HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus that can cause certain cancers and diseases in both males and females.

Unfortunately, because HPV often has no signs or symptoms, many people who have the virus don't even know it.

HPV Statistics
HPV Statistics

For most people, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don't clear the virus, it could cause certain cancers and other diseases.

This little virus can have big consequences

There are about 100 types of HPV. At least 40 of them can infect the genital area, and certain types cause the majority of HPV-related cancers and diseases, including:

HPV-related Cancers and Diseases
HPV-related Cancers and Diseases

How do you get HPV?

Intercourse is the most common way people get the virus. You can also get the virus through any kind of experimentation that involves genital contact with someone who is infected.

No signs. No symptoms. No knowing.

Because HPV often has no signs or symptoms, it can be difficult to tell who has or doesn’t have the virus.

Also, because there’s no HPV screening test recommended for males, there’s no way for them to know if they have been exposed to the virus.

Many people who have HPV don't even know it.