Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), infects at least 50% of all people who have sex at some time in their lives.
Often, people don’t have any symptoms and the HPV infection goes away on its own. Some types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer or cancer of the anus or penis.
HPV are sexually transmitted and are drawn to the body’s mucous membranes, such as the moist layers around the anal and genital areas
These sexually-transmitted HPV viruses are spread through contact with infected genital skin, mucous membranes, or bodily fluids, and can be passed through intercourse and oral sex.
High-risk HPV strains include HPV 16 and 18, which cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers. Other high-risk HPV viruses include 31, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 58, and a few others.
Low-risk HPV strains, such as HPV 6 and 11, cause about 90 percent of genital warts, which rarely develop into cancer.
Genital warts can look like bumps or growths. Sometimes they are shaped like cauliflower.
The warts can show up weeks or months after exposure to an infected sexual partner.