Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a virus. It (virus that) is quite common, especially in younger women. Most HPV infections go away on their own, but some persist and can cause changes to the cells of the cervix which can (that slowly) lead to cancer if not found and treated.
There are over 100 types of HPV and only a few types are considered high risk for causing cancer of the cervix. Some types cause other health problems such as genital warts.
A person can get HPV by having unprotected vaginal, oral, anal or digital sex with a person who already has the virus. (is found in and around the genital organs.) Condoms offer some protection, but the virus can be present on skin that is not covered. Both men and women can be infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Usually there are no symptoms and people do not know they are infected.
For more information, you can contact “Your Health Connection” and (speak to a Public Health Nurse) at (705)721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and ask for sexual health or visit the health unit website.