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Are there different strains of human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Martin M. Anderson, MD
Pediatrics
There are many strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), but the most common are divided into two types:
  • those that cause visible genital warts (warts you can see)
  • those that do not cause visible warts, but are linked to a higher rate of cancers of the cervix, mouth, anus and genitals
Because some types of HPV do not cause visible signs of the disease, many people who become infected with the virus don’t know they have it.

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