The Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common virus that affects both males and females. There are more than 100 different types of the virus. Up to 80% of people who’ve been sexually active involving genital contact will be infected with at least one type of genital HPV at some time.
Most types of HPV are harmless and will go away on their own. However, there are ‘high risk’ genital HPV types that can sometimes lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, mouth and throat. HPV can cause genital warts and it can also be passed from mother to baby during labour and birth.