HPV (human papillomavirus) is a group of viruses that cause warts. There are over 100 types with some causing the common warts found on hands and feet, while others are responsible for genital warts. It affects both men and women.
It’s one of the most common sexually transmissible infections in Australia.
Left untreated, some types of HPV are known to cause cancer. The most common cancer caused by HPV is cervical cancer.
HPV is usually spread by skin-to-skin contact, or during vaginal or anal sex without a condom. Even if you can’t see visible warts the virus can still be spread.
Condoms can reduce your risk but only protect the skin that is covered. If you’re a woman, talk to your doctor about vaccination.