Human Papillomavirus

Understanding HPV

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common virus affecting both males and females. Up to 80% of people will be infected with at least one genital type of HPV at some time in their lives.1 Anyone who has had any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact could get genital HPV.

In most people, HPV is harmless and has no symptoms, but in some people the virus may persist and lead to diseases of the genital area, including genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva and anus. Explore this site to learn more about HPV disease.

Speak to your doctor for ways to help prevent HPV disease, including vaccination. Importantly, women should continue with regular cervical screening.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL FOR MORE INFORMATION

1. The Australian Immunization Handbook 10th Edition, 2013.