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10/31/23 Public Health Education Topic: Genital Warts (HPV)

HPV infections are very common. Nearly everyone will get HPV at some point in their lives.

  • More than 42 million Americans are infected with types of HPV that cause disease.

  • About 13 million Americans, including teens, become infected each year.

HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact. You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus, even if they don’t have signs or symptoms.

Some HPV infections can lead to cancer.

Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within 2 years. But sometimes, HPV infections will last longer and can cause some cancers. HPV infections can cause cancers of the:

  • Cervix, vagina, and vulva

  • Penis

  • Anus

  • Back of the throat (called oropharyngeal cancer), including the base of the tongue and tonsils

Every year in the United States, HPV causes about 36,000 cases of cancer in both men and women.

Prevent cancer with HPV vaccine:

CDC recommends two doses of HPV vaccine at ages 11–12 years. HPV vaccination can be started at age 9 years.

To learn more about: HPV Vaccine for Preteens and Teens (

For Parents who wish to learn more about HPV, visit:

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Information for Parents | CDC

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