HPV is a common virus that infects more than 50% of all sexually active adults at some point in their life. There are many different types of genital HPV. They can be put into two groups:

  1. Low-risk HPV types cause genital warts
  2. High-risk HPV types cause cervical cancer

HPV is spread through skin-on-skin genital contact and sometimes condoms cannot stop it from spreading from one person to another.

Most people who have HPV don’t even know that they have it.

Sometimes it goes away on it's own but if it doesn’t, high-risk types of HPV can cause cervical cancer.

HPV may also lead to cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina and penis, and some cancers in the throat.