Cayuga County Health Department: Understanding HPV and links to cervical cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, which provides a chance to raise awareness about cervical cancer, and the HPV vaccine that can help prevent it, and other cancers, from ever developing.

HPV is short for “human papilloma virus.” HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses.

HPV is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. HPV is so common that nearly all men and women get it at some point in their lives. Infection with HPV is very common, so common that nearly 80 million people, about one in four, are infected in the United States.

HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. You can develop symptoms years after being infected, making it hard to know when you first became infected. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer.

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