Q: What is HPV?
A: HPV is an infection that is the main cause of genital warts and cervical cancer. HPV infections can also cause cancers of the anus, rectum, penis, oral cavity, vulva and vagina. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.
Q: What does HPV stand for?
A: HPV is an abbreviation for an infection called human papilloma virus.
Q: How common is HPV?
A: HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. There are over 20 million people currently infected in the United States, and there are over six million new people who are diagnosed with this condition each year.
Q: How many of the HPV strains are site specific for the genital area?
A: Approximately 60 HPV types are known to infect the genital tract.
Q: How many of the strains that infect the genital track are the high risk strains?
A: There are at least 12 strains of HPV that infect the genital tract that can be considered high risk or oncogenic.