Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes lining your body.
Examples of this include your:
There are more than 100 types of HPV. Around 30 types of HPV infection can affect the genital area.
Genital HPV infections are common and highly contagious. They are spread during sexual intercourse and skin-to-skin contact of the genital areas.
Infection with some types of genital HPV can cause:
Girls aged 12-13 are offered a vaccination against HPV to help protect them against types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. Women aged 25-64 are offered cervical screening to check for abnormal cells in the cervix.
Other types of HPV infection can cause minor problems, such as common skin warts and verrucas.