HPV, IT'S EASY TO CATCH AND YOU DON'T WANT IT
HPV is very common.
The HPV (Human papillomavirus) virus is very common and surprisingly easy to catch; most sexually active people come into contact with it at some stage of their lives.
It's possible to get the virus just through sexual touching, without even having intercourse.
Many people who have HPV don't show any signs of it, so they can pass it on without even knowing.
OK, HERE'S THE IMPORTANT BIT...
In most people, HPV is harmless. However, for some people infection by certain types of the virus can lead to diseases such as genital warts and HPV-related cancers like anal, cervical and vaginal cancer.
Sadly, a number of people undergo painful treatment or die each year from cancers caused by HPV.