The Human Papillomavirus, known as HPV, is common, with about one in four people having the virus at any given time. Over the course of a lifetime, nearly all men and women will get the virus. Although most infections clear on their own, some my cause cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, penile cancer, anal cancer, rectal cancer, throat cancer, genital warts, or other health issues.
HPV is most often spread through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Often no symptoms are visible, so people may spread it unknowingly to others. Department of Health and Human Services
The HPV Vaccine
The vaccine is recommended for most preteens through young adults and is very effective at preventing health issues, including cancer linked to HPV. After age 26, it's important to discuss the benefits of the HPV vaccine with your doctor. This vaccine goes by the trade name Gardasil 9®.