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