Human papillomavirus (HPV)Overview
Human papillomavirus is a very common group of viruses. Some types can cause genital warts or cancer.
Human papillomavirus usually has no symptoms, so you may not know if you have it. In some people, it can cause genital warts.
You can get human papillomavirus from vaginal, anal or oral sex and sharing sex toys
You can reduce your risk of human papillomavirus by using condoms during sex. There's also a vaccine for some types of the virus.
Human papillomavirus usually goes away on its own without any treatment. Get medical advice if you have symptoms like genital warts.
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