HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Most commonly sexually transmitted infection (STI).
  • Can lead to cancers
    • Women: cervix/vagina
    • Men: penis/anus/back of throat
  • Spread through skin-to-skin contact
  • Most people with HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms.
Screening Criteria
  • Genital warts
  • Abnormal Pap smear test: remove swab of cells from cervix (can be indicator of cervical cancer)

 

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Q & A

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.

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 HPV Vaccination
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