HPV (Human Papillomavirus) refers to a large family of viruses that affect both men and women. It is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in the US and is transmitted by simple contact.
Different strains of HPV can cause small warts or growths on the skin, plantar warts on the foot, warts in the genital area or around the anus, and can also infect the cervix leading to abnormal pap tests. Some HPV strains can cause cancer.
Clara Keegan, MD, family medicine physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center explains everything you need to know in this video interview.