FS011, January 2010
What is human papillomavirus (HPV)? Human papillomavirus is a family of viruses that causes infection on the skin or mucous membranes of various
areas of the body. There are many different types of HPV. Different types
of HPV infection affect different areas of the body. Some types of HPV cause warts in the genital area. These may be called genital warts, venereal warts, or
condyloma. Other types of HPV can lead to abnormal cells on the cervix (the opening to your uterus). If not detected and treated, over time, these abnormal cells can develop into cancer.