Utah Cancer Control Program A Unified Cancer Prevention Approach

HPV Vaccine Awareness

What is HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that infects the skin, genital area and lining of the cervix. It is spread during unprotected sex with an infected partner.

There are many different types of papillomaviruses (about 100). Some types of papillomaviruses cause warts on the skin, some types cause warts in the anal and genital areas, and some types cause cancer.


How Common is HPV?

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US.  HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.  Most people never know they have been infected and may give HPV to a partner without knowing it.  About 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV.  About 14 million people are newly infected each year.  The virus can be passed from one person to another even if the infected person has no symptoms.


HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

Additional Resources


Spanish Resources

Lo que hay que saber sobre el virus del papiloma humano (HPV)

Para información del HPV en español presione aquí.

Una madre habla sobre la importancia de proteger a los niños y las niñas de 11 a 12 años con la vacuna contra el VPH.

La vacuna contra el VPH es prevención del cáncer. El Dr. Azziz explica por qué es tan importante como un médico y un padre.

La vacuna contra el VPH para preadolescentes y adolescentes.