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Human Papillomavirus

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HPV is more common than you may think

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common viruses around the world. Three out of four sexually active people will be exposed to HPV at some point in their lives. It’s easily passed from one person to the next through direct skin-to-skin contact.


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Most people who become infected with HPV don’t know they have it, because the body’s immune system gets rid of the infection naturally—within about two years. 

In some people, an HPV infection does not clear on its own. Over time, it can cause normal cells to turn into abnormal cells that may develop into cancer if left untreated.

The best way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated. HPV vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing infection and HPV-related cancers for everyone. 

Learn more about the link between HPV and cancer and how you can reduce your risk.

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​What is HPV?

HPV is one of the most common viruses around the world. There are over 100 types of HPV, of which about 40 can infect the genital area.

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