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Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus that causes genital, oral and skin infections. It spreads by sexual contact. There are many types of HPV. Most of them are harmless and do not cause infections or symptoms. In fact, many people who become infected with HPV will not have any symptoms and the infection will clear up on its own. However, some types of HPV can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females while other types can cause oral, anal, neck and head cancer in both males and females. Other types of HPV can also cause genital warts in both males and females.

Scientific Term

  • Human papillomavirus

Generic Term

  • HPV

Age Groups at Risk

  • All

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