Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that is most commonly spread through sexual contact. HPV is so common that nearly all men and women get it at some point in their lives. Most of the time, HPV has no symptoms, so people do not know they have it. Additionally, an individual can develop symptoms years after being infected, making it hard to know when they first became infected.

In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can lead to serious health problems including cancer. Some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer in women and can also cause other kinds of cancer in both men and women. Other types of HPV can cause genital warts in both males and females.

For additional information, view the CDC and Prevention | HPV.

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