Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection. In fact, it’s the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 strains of HPV, and while some of them are harmless and pass without ever presenting symptoms, others are more dangerous.
One of the key symptoms to look out for when it comes to HPV is warts. Wart removers are quite common tools, but HPV can result in genital warts, which are arguably more irritating to remove.
Considering that there were almost 43 million HPV infections in 2018 alone, odds are you’ve known someone living with some form of HPV. Other common symptoms of HPV infections can manifest in the form of cold sores around the mouth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can protect yourself from this STI.
There are three safe and effective vaccines that can help prevent the spread of HPV. These vaccines specifically target HPV 16 and HPV 18. These vaccines come in two or three doses that are administered a few months apart from one another. You do need to receive all three of the vaccines to benefit from their protection, though.