Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a virus. There are many different types of HPV viruses. HPV affects both males and females.

Cancer often takes years, even decades to develop after a person gets an HPV infection. The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as those that that can cause cancers.

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This item was last modified on November 9, 2017