Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease. In most cases, the virus is obliterated within a couple of years and does no harm. A small percentage of high-risk HPV perseveres, however, and can result in cancer. HPV-related cancers of the throat and anus are on the rise. There is no cure or treatment for HPV, but it can be prevented by vaccination.
Consequences of HPV
• Genital warts
• Cancer of the:
• Cervix
• Vulva
• Vagina
• Penis
• Anus
• Oropharynx (throat, back of tongue and tonsils)