Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

This disease is not reportable.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of common viruses that can affect both males and females. HPV can be spread by skin-to-skin contact during any type of sexual activity with an infected person, even when no symptoms are present. HPV can cause anal and mouth/throat cancers. It can also cause cancer of the cervix, vulva, and vagina in women; and cancer of the penis in men. Different types of HPV can cause genital warts. The vaccine is routinely recommended at ages 11-12 years to help prevent HPV-associated infections.

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Last Reviewed: 6/18/2019