HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a virus that infects the skin and the cells lining body cavities. It is spread through close skin-to-skin contact, often during sexual activity. It is a very common infection which usually causes no symptoms at all.
8 out of 10
will be infected with the virus at some point in their lives.
There are hundreds of types of HPV, most are harmless but
can cause cervical cancer.
People with persistent infections of "high-risk" HPV types are those who are most likely to go on to develop cervical cancer.