Reviewed by: Frank Cockerill, MD. June 2, 2017

What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 79 million people in the United States are infected with a form of HPV, with nearly 14 million new infections annually.

Most HPV most infections clear up on their own. However, there are certain virus types that can cause more serious complications, including cervical cancer. Getting screened for cancer-causing types of HPV is recommended every 3-5 years from young adulthood on.

What are the symptoms of HPV?

Symptoms of HPV can range from none at all to warts in the genital area. Because there are so many subtypes of the virus, warts of any kind might be an indicator of infection.

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If you're concerned about STD exposure, it's a good idea to get tested.

How do I get HPV?

Any person who has sex is at risk for contracting HPV. It is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.

Is there a cure for HPV?

While HPV isn’t curable, sometimes the symptoms will clear up on their own. You can speak with your doctor to find the right treatment.

STDTestExpress does not test for HPV. Why?

Our STD testing service does not include HPV screening because it involves a physical exam. If you are concerned about HPV exposure, contact your local healthcare provider to discuss a Pap test.


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