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HPV — A Closer Look

Karen Miller

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease. In most cases, the virus is obliterated within a couple of years and does no harm. A small percentage of high-risk HPV perseveres, however, and can result in cancer. HPV-related cancers of the throat and anus are on the rise. There is no cure or treatment for HPV, but it can be prevented by vaccination.

Consequences of HPV

  • Genital warts
  • Cancer of the:
  • Cervix
  • Vulva
  • Vagina
  • Penis
  • Anus
  • Oropharynx (throat, back of tongue and tonsils)