Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection. It is estimated that approximately 80% of sexually active individuals will contract HPV at some point in their lives.
There are many different types of HPV, and some are more common than others. The most common types of HPV are types 6, 11, 16, and 18. Types 6 and 11 are responsible for the majority of genital warts, while types 16 and 18 are known to cause cancer.
It is important to note that most people who contract HPV will not develop any symptoms and will clear the infection on their own. However, for some people, HPV can lead to serious health problems such as genital warts or cancer. Vaccination and regular screenings can help prevent HPV-related health problems.