Infection by high-risk HPV types alone is not enough to cause cancer. Many other adverse factors must be present (compromised immune system, genetic predisposition, contributing factors such as smoking, etc.). This explains the fact that although infection (by both low-risk and high-risk HPVs) is quite common in the general population, cancer cases are relatively few. Genital cancers caused by HPVs are preventable.
Frequently Asked Questions
HPVs: What they are and what they cause
- HPV and cancer
- Am I the only one with HPV?
- How did I get HPV?
- When did I contract HPV and who gave it to me?
- What are the tests necessary for checking an HPV infection?
Pap testHPV DNA test
- Will I always have HPV?
- How can I protect myself from HPV?
Men and HPV