Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can occur in the cervix, anus, penis or external genitals and surrounding area, vagina or internal genitals, vulva, as well as some parts of the mouth and throat. There are over 40 different types of HPV that can cause infections in these areas.
Some types of HPV cause genital warts. Other types of HPV are more serious and may cause cancer of the cervix, anus, vagina or internal genitals, penis or external genitals and surrounding area, vulva, and mouth and throat. This page has information only about HPV types that may cause cancer.
HPV is common in British Columbia and can be managed.