Human papillomavirus (HPV) is believed to have evolved over millions of years and is thought to have existed in our primate ancestors. There are many different types of HPV, and they can infect various species of primates, including humans.
It’s believed that the different types of HPV that infect humans have been transmitted between humans through sexual contact for thousands of years. HPV is now widespread throughout the world, and almost all sexually active individuals will have been infected with at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.
In summary, HPV is a naturally occurring virus that has likely existed in primates for millions of years, and different types of HPV have been transmitted between humans through sexual contact over thousands of years.