How widespread is HPV?
- a15- to 24-year-olds.
For most people, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, it could cause certain cancers and other diseases.1
How is HPV acquired and transmitted?
HPV is most commonly acquired and transmitted through sexual intercourse. However, it can be spread through many types of genital contact—intercourse is not necessary. Individuals can acquire HPV from others who are infected but who don’t have visible disease or lesions.1
What are the potential outcomes and incidence rates of HPV-related diseases?
For most people, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, it could cause certain cancers and diseases later in life.1
It is estimated that in the United States, there are 10,900 new cases of cervical cancer every year that are caused by HPV.2,b
bEstimate represents cervical cancer cases caused by all oncogenic HPV types.
HPV-related cancers can take years, even decades to develop.3
Not all cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV.2