What is the human papillomavirus (HPV)?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). It is passed through genital contact.

At least 50 percent of people who are sexually active will have HPV some time during their lives. Many people don’t know they have it because most people have no symptoms, and it can go away without causing any health problems, according to the Food and Drug AdministrationOff Site Icon (FDA).

You are more likely to get HPV, according to the FDA, if you have:

  • Many sexual partners
  • A sexual partner who has had many other partners
  • Sex at an early age

For more information about HPV, talk with your doctor.

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