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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – is used for a group of viruses that includes more than 100 different types or strains. More than 30 of these viruses are sexually transmitted and they can infect the genital area of men and women. Genital HPV infection is a STD caused by human papillomavirus. Persistent infection with high Risk types of HPV is the main risk factor for cervical cancer. Approximately 10 of the identified genital HPV types can lead to the development of cervical cancer. HPV, which is spread by skin to skin contact, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. However, more than 90% of cases (9 out of 10) clear up on their own. That’s one reason it’s always important for sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) to be diagnosed and treated as early and completely as possible. (more