What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common of all sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). HPV has many different strains that can infect both males and females. The virus is spread through skin-to-skin contact, often by oral, vaginal or anal sex. HPV is now known to increase the risk of cervical cancer in women and other kinds of cancers in men. Learn how to prevent HPV infection to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of HPV?
In most cases, HPV has few to no symptoms. Genital warts may be visible in the groin area, on the penis or vagina, or they may be hidden deep in the throat or inside the vagina or the anus. The primary way to know if you're infected is to be screened -- and currently there is only a test for women.Read more of Dr. Oz's answer
What You Should Know About HPV Vaccines
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV infections affect almost half of all sexually active people in the U.S. The way to avoid infection is to be vaccinated before you engage in sexual activity -- not after. Learn more about the HPV vaccines.
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How safe is the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has a very good safety record. More than 57 million doses have been distributed in the United States. In the seven years since the vaccine was recommended, safety studies continue . . .
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- Q What are the risk factors for persistent human papillomavirus infection?
- Q How can I manage my HPV?
- Q How common is HPV?
- Q How can I be tested for the human papillomavirus (HPV)?
- Q What's the difference between the HPV vaccine and the HPV test?
- Q Is the human papillomavirus (HPV) test necessary?
- Q If I have human papillomavirus (HPV), what should I ask my doctor?
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