More of your questions about HPV are answered here! keep reading to find out all the details about this nasty virus.
How do people get HPV?
- HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal, anal and oral sex.
- You are more likely to get the virus if you have many sex partners or a sex partner who has had many partners.
- Many people don’t have symptoms and are unaware that they have the virus.
- The virus may be inactive for weeks, months and for some people possibly even years after infection.
What does that mean for my health?
Partners usually share the virus. If you have been with your partner for a long time, you probably have it already. Although it is the most commonly transferred sexual infection, in most people it is cleared by the immune system in under 2 years. Individuals with persistent infections are at risk for several types of cancers depending on the location of the infection.
How common is it?
HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection.