Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
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What is Human Papillomavirus Vaccine?

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are a group of more than 100 viruses. Certain types of HPV can cause genital warts, which are growths or bumps that appear:

  • On the vulva
  • In or around the vagina or anus
  • On the cervix
  • On the penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh

Some strains of HPV are associated with cervical cancer , or less commonly, cancers of the vulva, anus, or penis.

HPV is easily spread during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner. About two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner who has genital warts will develop them also. Usually this happens within three months of contact.

Symptoms include:

  • Fleshy, raised growths with a cauliflower shape in or around the vagina or anus; on the cervix; and on the penis, scrotum, groin, or...
 
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