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The genital human papillomavirus (commonly referred to as HPV) is a family of more than 40 viruses that together comprise the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).  HPV is known to infect the genitals, anus, mouth, and throat of sexually active individuals causing many different diseases. HPV is most commonly associated with anal and genital warts and cervical cancer, but is also recognized as a significant cause of less common head and neck, anal, and genital cancers.


Understanding HPV

  • What You Should Know About HPV
  • Should My Daughter Receive the HPV Vaccine?
  • Should My Son Receive the HPV Vaccine?
  • HPV Can Cause Head and Neck Cancer
  • Anal Cancer (ASCS)
  • Genital HPV - The Facts (CDC.gov)
  • Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet (CDC.gov)
  • HPV - Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them
  • HPV and Anal Cancer
  • HPV Vaccines
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  • Commonly Asked Questions

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  • Can you prevent HPV? (The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada)
  • Frequently Asked Questions about HPV Vaccine Safety (CDC.gov)
  • HPV in tongue of a 6 years old girl
  • HPV Questions and Answers (Food and Drug Administration)
  • HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers (CDC.gov)
  • HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers
  • Odds of Oral Cancer from HPV
  • Questions About HPV and Genital Warts (womenshealth.gov)
  • What is HPV? (CDC.gov)

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  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
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