HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is a common virus that can cause a variety of health problems, including genital warts and various types of cancer, such as cervical cancer.
HPV is also the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI, also known by the older term sexually transmitted disease or STD) in the world. 3 out of 4 sexually active people will become infected with HPV at some point in their life, and most are infected before the age of 25.
Although there are over 100 different types of HPV, most of these cause only minor health problems. Most types of HPV do not cause any symptoms and go away on their own. But about 40 types of HPV that affect the genital area can lead to health problems that could have a major effect on your daughter's life. To learn more about the health conditions caused by HPV and how they could affect your daughter, go to "HPV and the diseases it can cause."
Certain high-risk types of HPV can lead to:
Other low-risk types of HPV lead to genital warts. They're called "low-risk" because they are unlikely to cause cancer.
To protect your daughter, talk to her about HPV and how it is spread, and talk to your doctor about ways you can help protect your daughter from HPV, cervical cancer, and genital warts. It is important to take an active role in discussing HPV with your doctor so that your daughter can be protected from HPV. Get tips for talking to your daughter about HPV.
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