Human papilloma virus
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes lining your body, such as in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat.
It is a common and highly contagious infection, that many sexually active women will acquire at some point in their lives.
There are over 100 different types of HPV, affecting both the genital area and also the mouth and other body parts.
Infection with certain types of HPV can cause changes to cells within your cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer. Genital warts can also be caused by HPV and is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. They can also cause minor problems, such as common skin warts and verrucas.
There is an HPV vaccination available that is currently available to girls only and is administered between the ages of 12 and 13.
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