HPV is a very common virus transmitted through skin to skin contact in the genital area. Around 4 out of 5 people (80%) will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives. 

Types 6 and 11 of HPV cause genital warts, and HPV types 16 and 18 can cause several cancers, and almost 100% of cervical cancers. There are vaccines currently available to protect against both.However, for the majority of women this will not result in cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is rare while HPV infection is common.

Furthermore, 40% to 80% of some anogenital cancers (anus, vulva, vagina and penis), as well as 47% to 70% of oropharyngeal cancers (head, neck, throat and tongue) are caused by HPV. These cancers of the mouth and airways are most likely linked to people performing oral sex, not protecting their mouths and because they lay dormant for many years it surfaces later as a cancer.  

Find out more about HPV, HPV related cancers, the HPV vaccine, cervical screening (smear test), colposcopy and abnormal cervical cells and treatment.

Did you know that 99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV?



Having the HPV vaccination can prevent upto 70% of all cervical cancers.

HPV Vaccines

Have you had your cervical screening (the smear test) in the last 3 years?

Cervical Screening

Do you need to go for colposcopy? We've got all the information you need.


Been for your cervical screening? Received a letter telling you have dyskaryosis/abnormal cells?

Abnormal Cervical Cells

Find out more about cervical cancer symptoms, treatments and general information.

Cervical Cancer


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