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HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

HPV or human papillomavirus is a common virus that can cause several cancers later in life. 

Nearly everyone will get HPV at some point in their lives. There are many types of HPV. Some types of HPV can cause life-threatening conditions such as cervical, oral and throat cancers. 14 million people in the U.S. get a new HPV infection each year, while nearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with a new HPV-associated cancer each year.

How is HPV spread?

You can get HPV through intimate skin-to-skin contact during sex, and a person with HPV can pass the infection to someone even when they have no signs or symptoms.

How can I reduce my risk of getting HPV and the health problems it causes?


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