About HPV

Brief summary of Human papillomavirus facts

HPV Summary

Human papillomavirus or HPV is a virus that causes human infections that include face warts, skin warts and genital warts.  In most cases, however, the infection is completely asymptomatic.  This means that an infected individual does not have any symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected.  This poses a problem, because in some instances, such as genital HPV, the individual may pass it to their sexual partners.

Modes of Transmission

HPV that causes genital warts is transmitted via sexual contact (vaginal, anal sex).  However, in some instances it may be transmitted by an intimate skin-to-skin contact.  It is for this reason that HPV can be transmitted during a so-called safe sexual activity (condoms).

Treatment Options

Most Common STI in the World

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide (1).

14 million Americans get infected each year (2).

Cancer Risk

HPV infection is most commonly associated with the development of cervical cancer.  However, it may also lead to vaginal, penile, anal or oropharyngeal cancers


In most cases, HPV infections tend to go away on their own within 6-12 months, but the actual clearance time depends on a variety of factors.

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