Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a class of viruses that can cause infection. Human papillomavirus is contagious and transmitted between people through dermal contact. There are more than a hundred variants of human papillomavirus HPV.
More than 40% of human papillomavirus HPV can be transmitted through sexual activity and can cause infection of the genitals and throat. According to the CDC stats, Human papillomavirus is the most common and most transmitted sexually transmitted infection STI. Most sexually active people can get Human papillomavirus HPV at some point in their lives.
Some variants can cause warts, and some types of HPV can cause cancer of the cervix (which connects the lower part of the uterus to the vagina). Anal, penile, vulvar, and oropharyngeal cancer are linked to the Human papillomavirus HPV infection.
Causes of HPV
HPV can enter your body through abrasion or cut in your skin. This virus is transmitted from one person to another through dermal or sexual contact. It is transmitted via skin-to-skin connection, so without intercourse, it can be sent via vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
It is possible that you can get infected with multiple types of HPV. The mother may transfer the virus to her baby during the delivery. If this happens, the infant can develop throat warts causing recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.