Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV):  HPV is the Most Common Sexually Transmitted Infection

There are more than 40 Genital Human Papillomavirus (known as HPV) types that can infect both males and females. They can infect the genitals, anus, mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV don't even know it.

How Do I Get HPV?

HPV (or genital warts) is contracted through genital contact, most often during vaginal, oral and anal sex. You can also get HPV during genital-to-genital contact without sexual intercourse.  A person can have HPV for several years without knowing it ? even if he or she hasn't been sexually active. Most people who are infected with HPV don't even know it or that they are passing the virus on to a sex partner. It is also important to know that it's possible to get more than one type of HPV.

Although it's very uncommon, a pregnant woman with genital HPV can pass HPV to her baby during delivery. In these cases, the child can develop Juvenile-Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (JORRP).  Without treatment, JORRP is potentially fatal when uncontrolled growths obstruct the baby's airway.

What Are The Symptoms Of HPV?

While many people with HPV show no symptoms at all, one of the most prevalent indications of HPV is genital warts.  Genital warts have a wide variety of appearances ranging from raised, flat, pink, or flesh-colored. Sometimes they even have a shape that looks like a cauliflower. Sometimes there is just one single wart but at other times, many warts can appear in a cluster. They can be small or large and they can appear on the anus, cervix, scrotum, groin, thigh, or penis.  It's important to know that genital warts can appear several months after coming into sexual contact with a person who is infected with HPV virus. Get Tested for HPV today.