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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.