WHAT IS HPV?

Have you ever had a wart on your hands or feet? It was most likely caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). 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). 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). 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. Pap smear results can help to detect if women have abnormal cervical cells caused by HPV infection before symptoms occur, 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.

No, 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 diseases. 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 females10,13

70-75%
of vaginal cancer cases9

HPV-Related Diseases

Ignoring HPV symptoms and infections can lead to some pretty serious diseases. 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 females10,13

70-75%


of vaginal cancer cases9

HPV and Cervical Cancer

HPV causes 99% of all cervical cancer cases. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among Malaysian women. Everyday, five new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed, and two women lose the fight against this disease.

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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.

Speak to a doctor

It can be hard to know what to say. Here are some helpful questions you can take to your next appointment.

Make an appointment

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