Who has HPV infection?


Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is very common and can affect anyone who is sexually active. In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of sexually active individuals will contract HPV at some point in their lives.

HPV can be spread through any kind of sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also be spread through skin-to-skin contact in the genital area, even if there is no penetration or ejaculation.

HPV infections can occur in both men and women, and can affect various parts of the body, including the cervix, anus, penis, vulva, and throat. Some people may not show any symptoms of HPV infection, while others may experience symptoms such as genital warts or abnormal Pap test results.

It’s important to note that most people with HPV do not develop any serious health problems. However, some strains of HPV can cause cancer, including cervical, anal, penile, and throat cancer. Therefore, it’s important to get regular screenings and follow-up care with a healthcare provider. Additionally, the HPV vaccine is recommended for all adolescents and young adults to help prevent HPV-related cancers and other health problems.

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