HPV Home > HPV
HPV is the acronym for the human papillomavirus, which is typically spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. It's the most common sexually transmitted disease, and in many cases, does not cause symptoms, so it's no surprise that at least 20 million people in the United States are infected. There is no cure for HPV -- treatment typically involves managing any symptoms that do appear while the body fights the infection.
What Is HPV?Human papillomaviruses, or HPVs, are a group of viruses that can infect the skin and mucous membranes of both men and women. They got their name because certain types may cause warts, known medically as papillomas. But HPV is also the most common type of sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Types of Human PapillomavirusThere are over 100 different types of human papillomaviruses. Over 30 types are transmitted sexually.
- Plantar warts
- Common warts
- Flat warts
- Genital warts
- Precancerous changes
- Cervical cancer (see HPV and Cervical Cancer)
- Laryngeal papillomatosis.