By: Alyssa Hoppie and Tiffany Adedayo

Human papillomvirus infection

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

How is it spread?

  • You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus.
  • It can spread when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.
  • Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV even if you only have sex with one person.

Health Problems

  • Most of the time, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause health problems.
When it does not go away, it can c cause genital warts or cancer.

  • Can cause cervical cancer and cancers in the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus or the back of the throat.
  • Can take years to develop after a person gets HPV
  • Type of HPV that gives you warts is not the same type of HPV that causes you cancer.


  • Getting the HPV vaccine ( 11-12 year old)
  • Get screened for cervical cancer ( 21-65 years old)
  • Use condoms (does not fully protect)


  • Most people with HPV never know they are infected and never develop symptoms or health problems
  • Genital bumps/warts
  • Abnormal pap test results
  • warts can be treated with prescription medication
  • cervical pre cancer can be treated routine pap tests
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