Girls aren't the only ones affected by human papillomavirus. HPV-related cancer and diseases can affect BOTH males and females.

Exposure can happen with any kind of adolescent experimentation that involves genital contact with someone who has HPV — intercourse isn't necessary. Many people who have HPV don’t even know it because the virus often has no signs or symptoms. That means people can get the virus or pass it on without knowing it. For most people, HPV clears on its own. But there is no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.

What else we think you should know:

  • For many people, HPV is transmitted during their first 2 to 3 years of sexual contact*
  • Males can’t get screened for HPV, so there’s no way to know if a male has the virus or is passing it on

*This includes about 40 genital HPV types, not just HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18

Your child’s doctor or health care professional is a good source of information
about HPV and HPV-related cancer and diseases.

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