Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Some health effects caused by HPV can be prevented with vaccines.
What is HPV?
How is HPV spread?
Does HPV cause health problems?
Does HPV cause cancer?
How can I avoid HPV and the health problems it can cause?
- Use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex. This can lower your chances of getting HPV. But HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom - so condoms may not give full protection against getting HPV;
- Be in a mutually monogamous relationship – or have sex only with someone who only has sex with you.