HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted disease. It's usually detected as warts in the genital area of women and men. HPV is a serious disease that can cause several types of cancer, including cervical cancer.
HPV most certainly is contagious. HPV is transmitted by direct sexual contact with a person who has the virus. Unfortunately, many people who have HPV do not know it because they have no symptoms. Using a condom during sexual encounters may help minimize your risk of getting HPV from a sex partner.
Two vaccines have been developed in recent years that can protect you from getting HPV. The vaccines will not cure HPV if you already have it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend young women and men receive the vaccine to protect against getting and spreading HPV. You may want to speak with your healthcare provider to get more information about HPV and the two vaccines.
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