What is HPV (human papillomavirus)

In the United States about half of sexually active adults will come in contact with HPV. There are over three dozens strains of HPV that could cause genital warts. Clinic research indicates if genital wart outbreaks haven’t occur for two or more years there is a 90% chance the human body completely cleared the virus.

HPV vaccines are offered to males and females age 26 and under who don’t have HPV. The vaccine is a series of three shots given during a six-month duration. The vaccine reduces the chance of getting cervical cancer from HPV by 90% and cervical cancer by 70%. The HPV vaccine


Often, people don't have any symptoms and the HPV infection goes away without treatment. Some types of HPV can cause health problems and certain types of cancer.


Certain strains of HPV are associated with cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, and anal and oropharyngeal cancers (cancer of the throat). You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.According to the Center for Disease Control strains 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital wart outbreaks.

Genital warts often appear in clusters. The warts are usually the same color as the skin, but could appear pinkish. The warts could look flat or have a cauliflower texture. Genital warts may disappear without treatment. It could take several cases to fully remove the warts.