Human papillomavirus HPV


Overview of human papillomavirus (HPV)

There are about 150 different types, or strains, of human papillomavirus (HPV). Some of these viruses are harmless. Some cause warts, including genital warts. Others cause cancer, including cancer of the cervix, anus, penis, mouth, and throat.

If you are concerned about your HPV risk, or if you are experiencing symptoms, our expert team of gynecologists at Dignity Health can make sure you receive the care you need. Find a Doctor near you today to learn more about treatment for HPV in AZ, NV, and CA.

What is HPV?

HPV can be sexually transmitted. Approximately 80% of all adults who have sex will get an HPV infection at some point. HPV spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact, including genital, anal, and oral intercourse.

Symptoms of HPV

The signs and symptoms of HPV depend on the site and severity of infection. Most cases of HPV are asymptomatic, meaning you will not have any noticeable signs or symptoms. Possible signs and symptoms of HPV infection include genital warts, cervical dysplasia, or cervical cancer (detected through a Pap test). If you have one of these conditions, your care provider will also check for HPV infection.