HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus you may not know too much about but you should.

As a parent, you know that nothing is more important than the safety of your child and protecting him or her from illness or injury. You make sure your child has a healthy diet. You get the right gear to protect him or her from sports injuries. You take your child to the doctor for regular checkups. But what about helping to protect your family_portraitchild from certain diseases caused by HPV?

There are about 30 to 40 types of HPV that can affect the genital area. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 6 million new cases of genital HPV infections* in the United States each year. It is estimated 74% of them occur in 15 to 24 year olds.

For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don't clear certain types, HPV could cause significant consequences: cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females. Other types could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there's no way to predict who will or won't clear the virus.

*Number represents 30 to 40 genital HPV types, not just HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18.

While there are 30 to 40 types of HPV that affect the genital
area, the following cause most HPV-related diseases:

cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, 70% of vaginal cancer cases, and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases in females.

cause about 90% of genital warts cases in males and females.


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