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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The number of people in the U.S. currently infected with HPV
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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 . . .
- Q What’s the difference between low and high-risk HPV?
- Q Is it safe to have oral sex?
- Q How can I prevent an HPV infection?
- Q How is the HPV virus contracted?
- Q How does human papillomavirus (HPV) affect men?
- Q Can I get human papillomavirus (HPV) again?
- Q Are there specific types of HPV associated with cancer?
- Q What are the treatment options for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?
- Q How do I know if I have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?
- Q What are the long-term risks of HPV infection?
HPV Action Plans
Being proactive and informed are two of the best ways to protect your sexual health.
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Increase of STDs in Older People
Being over 50 doesn’t mean being over the hill sexually -- and that’s a good thing, considering the many health benefits of sex. But, there is a downside, as the rate of STDs in baby boomers has increased in the past decade.
Is It Time For the Talk?
Talking to your kids about risky sexual behavior is crucial. In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Jennifer Ashton discuss how to have the talk with your kids.
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