HPV Frequently Asked Questions
What is HPV?
HPV is a sexual transmitted virus that causes both genital warts and cervical cancer. There are over 150 strains of the HPV virus so reinfection can happen over lifetime.
How common is HPV?
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Most sexually active persons will be infected at some point during their lives.
Who can get HPV?
HPV is spread by skin to skin contact during vaginal, anal and oral sex. It is possible to have an HPV infection present symptoms years after exposure.
What are HPV symptoms?
Unfortunately, there are usually no sign or symptoms of the HPV strains that cause cancer. Non cancer-causing strains of HPV can be identified by noticing cauliflower shaped bumps in the genital area.
How is HPV treated?
In most cases the body’s immune system will clear the HPV virus. However, early detection through pap smears and prevention through the HPV vaccine are the best strategies to avoid cervical cancer.
What is the HPV vaccine?
The HPV vaccine prevents infection of the most common causes of HPV infection.
Should I get the HPV vaccine?
Yes, if you are under the age of 45 you should consider vaccine and discuss with your physician. The GARDISIL 9 vaccine was recently expanded for men and women 27-45 years old.
What are side effects for the HPV vaccine?
Aside from a sore arm, there are few serious side effects reported. There are very few contraindications to vaccine and should be discussed with physician.
For more information on HPV, visit: FDA site