WHAT IS HPV?

Have you ever had a wart on your hands or feet? It was most likely caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)5. There are more than 100 strains of this virus and around 40 HPV types that affect the genital area1. HPV is the most common viral infection among sexually active adults1. Around 80% of women and men will be infected with the virus in their lifetime2.

WHAT IS HPV?

Have you ever had a wart on your hands or feet? It was most likely caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)5. There are more than 100 strains of this virus and around 40 HPV types that affect the genital area1. HPV is the most common viral infection among sexually active adults1. Around 80% of women and men will be infected with the virus in their lifetime2.

WHAT IS HPV?

Have you ever had a wart on your hands or feet? It was most likely caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)5. There are more than 100 strains of this virus and around 40 HPV types that affect the genital area1. HPV is the most common viral infection among sexually active adults1. Around 80% of women and men will be infected with the virus in their lifetime2.

Around 80% of women and men will be infected with the virus in their lifetime.

HPV often shows no signs or symptoms and the majority of infections clear on their own. In cases where the virus remains, it may turn into genital warts or cancer. Some people find out they have HPV when genital warts appear, others when they are diagnosed with more serious problems like cervical cancer5. Women can find out if they have HPV before symptoms occur through a simple Pap smear, which is why a regular checkup is important6.

Exposure can happen with any intimate behaviour that involves genital contact with someone who has HPV — intercourse isn’t necessary, but it’s the most common way to get the virus. Since there are often no HPV symptoms or signs, anyone can get the virus without knowing it and then pass it on6.

There are currently no available medicines for HPV treatment. For most, HPV clears on its own. But some persistent strains can lead to cervical cancer and other serious diseases, which is why it’s important to get the HPV vaccine to protect yourself5.

There are more than 100 strains of the virus and around 40 types that affect the genital area.

HPV-Related Diseases

Ignoring HPV symptoms and infections can lead to some pretty serious diseases6. HPV infections are responsible for approximately:

99%


of cervical
cancer cases3,4

85-90%
of anal cancer cases in
males and females7
30%


of vulvar
cancer cases8

>90%


of genital warts cases
in males and females10,14

70-75%
of vaginal cancer cases9

HPV-Related Diseases

Ignoring HPV symptoms and infections can lead to some pretty serious diseases6. HPV infections are responsible for approximately:

99%


of cervical
cancer cases3,4

85-90%


of anal cancer cases in
males and females7

30%


of vulvar
cancer cases8

>90%


of genital warts cases
in males and females10,14

70-75%


of vaginal cancer cases9

HPV and Cervical Cancer

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is the cause of more than 99% of cervical cancer cases. Cervical cancer is the tenth most common cancer among Singaporean women. A new case is diagnosed every two days, and one woman loses the fight against cervical cancer every five days in Singapore11. While the disease is most common among women aged 45-54, all ages are at risk once they are sexually active11.

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You can protect yourself

Getting infected with HPV is more common than you might think. The good news is there are two easy steps you can take to protect yourself.

Make an appointment

Find a clinic closest to you and set up an appointment to speak with your doctor about vaccination and screening.