Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Find out how we define and monitor cases of HPV, how you can get vaccinated, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About HPV

HPV is a common virus that is spread through sexual contact. HPV infection can be serious. It can cause cancers, including cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis and anus, and some head and neck cancers.

Not all HPV infections lead to cancer.

Disease type:
Sexually transmissible
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:


Vaccination protects you against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer or genital warts.

If you're eligible, you can get HPV vaccines for free under the National Immunisation Program. See more information about when to get vaccinated.  


Find out more about getting vaccinated against HPV.

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's HPV page.

Surveillance and reporting

The HPV Surveillance Plan outlines the indicators we use to monitor circulating HPV types and HPV-related diseases in the Australian context. In Australia, we provide free vaccination to eligible people under the NIP.

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