by: Allan Slette, Brenna Kidwell


HPV is a DNA virus which infects keratinocytes of the skin or mucous membranes and causes warts to appear


the body. HPV is very common on college campuses and is subclinical but has the potential of becoming a serious health problem for some individuals and eventually lead to various cancers in the infected area.

How it is spread

HPV is spread through sexual contact as well as blood contact (needles).

How to prevent HPV

  • get vaccinated
  • get checked regularly (especially after risk activities)
  • get pap tested often (women's cervical cancer test)
  • limit your sexual partners
  • consider circumcision
  • use condoms when engaging in sexual activity
  • do not engage in self-medication through needles
  • if you do use needles. make sure to wipe the injection area with a sterile alcohol cloth

how to treat hpv

Subclinical HPV infections usually clear up spontaneous and so the warts are usually treated topically with lotions until then.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)