Venereal Disease -- HPV
Across the globe, HPV (human papillomavirus) is one of the most common venereal diseases (also known as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs). Only about 30 of the more than 100 HPV types are spread through sexual contact.
One sign of genital HPV infection is the presence of genital warts. These usually appear as single or multiple bumps in the genital areas of men and women, including the:
- Vulva (the area outside of the vagina)
However, many people with a venereal disease like HPV do not have genital warts or any other symptoms.
About 20 million people currently have an HPV infection. Approximately 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year.
(Click HPV to read the complete eMedTV article, which describes in detail the human papillomavirus and its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.)