What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is a group of viruses that can cause cancer of the cervix, vagina and vulva, as well as genital warts.

How can someone get Human Papillomavirus?

Human Papillomavirus is easily passed between people through skin-to-skin contact, usually during sexual activity. Some people with Human Papillomavirus infections do not have any symptoms. However, even with no symptoms, a person can pass the infection on without knowing it.

Who can get Human Papillomavirus infection?

Anyone can become infected with Human Papillomavirus. Most people clear Human Papillomavirus infections on their own. However, in some people infection can persist and develop into cancer. About 80% of adults will have at least one genital Human Papillomavirus infection over their lifetime.

Can Human Papillomavirus infections be prevented?

  • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada provides information on how to prevent Human Papillomavirus, including the Human Papillomavirus vaccine.
  • For information about how to obtain the Human Papillomavirus vaccine in Perth County, please call our Health Line to speak with a Public Health Nurse at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267.

Where can I find more information about Human Papillomavirus?