HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is spread through skin-to-skin contact. HPV can lead to cancers. In women, HPV can lead to cervical or vaginal cancer. In men, HPV can lead to penis, anus, or throat cancer. Most people with HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms.
Common HPV Screening Methods
- Identifying genital warts
- Abnormal Pap smear tests: cells from cervix are removed and sent to a lab to identify any indicators of cervical cancer
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does an HPV infection last?
- Can last up to 2 years until immune system can overcome the infection or symptoms arise
- During these 2 years, most people do not know they are infected making transmission of the virus likely.
How common is HPV?
- One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases
- HPV can cause cervical cancer (one of the most common cancers in women)
- Annual Pap smear tests can evaluate cervix health
Can you get HPV from someone who is symptom-free?
- Yes, most HPV carriers do not know they are infected. They are able to pass the virus on.