HPV - Human Papillomavirus
HPV viruses replicate in mucus membrane and skin cells. Due to the diversity of different strains of HPV, it is difficult to determine if HPV replicates once per S-phase or at a random intervals in the cell’s development. It is proposed HPV copies its DNA strain inside the host up to 400 times. Then, the host cell divides to create two daughter cells. This is a lysogenic process.
There is only one way to 100% protect yourself from HPV which is complete abstinence. There are also FDA approved vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil). These can protect women against types of HPV that cause most cervical cancer. Gardasil can also protect men against genital warts. The HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV. Another way to reduce your risk is to limit your number of sexual partners. HPV is transmitted through skin to skin contact.