Common virus that can lead to cancers.
– Women: Cervix/Vagina
– Men: Penis/Anus/Back of throat


Spread through skin-to-skin contact (any sexual contact regardless of sex, gender, race, color, or sexual orientation)

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Most people with HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms or health problems from it.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Screening Criteria

– Genital warts
– Abnormal Pap smear test: remove swab of cells from cervix (can be indicator of cervical cancer)

Q & A

What types of HPV vaccines are there?
(1) Gardasil
– protects against 4 types of HPV
* HPV-16 and 18: linked to cervical cancer
* HPV-6 and 11: causes genital warts
– approved for young men

(2) Gardasil 9
– Gardasil + protection against 5 more types of HPV
*HPV-31, 33, 54, 52, and 58: linked to cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers
– approved for young men

(3) Cervavix
– protects young women against 2 types of HPV
* HPV-16 and 18 only
– not approved for young men –> does not prevent genital warts (HPV-6 and 11)

Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH): Collaboration between Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine & Division of Gynecology @ Boston Children’s Hospital

HPV Vaccination