Here are some of the facts on HPV

  • HPV stands for Human papillomavirus.

  • It is a common virus with over 100 different types; more than 40 of which are sexually transmitted.

  • It causes 99.4% of cervical cancer cases and 100% of genital warts cases.

  • 80% of sexually active people will contract genital HPV in their lifetime and there are usually no signs or symptoms. 

  • It is a virus contracted through skin-to-skin contact, is very infectious, and is spread via sexual activity.

  • The definition of sexual activity: The minute you go below the belt.

  • Condoms reduce the spread of HPV but because they do not fully cover all the skin around the genitals, they do not fully protect you.

  • It only takes one infected sexual partner in an entire lifetime to contract this virus.

  • There are two vaccines available on the market, Gardasil (targeted at preventing the two most common types of HPV associated with genital and anal cancers [HPV 16 and 18], and those associated with genital and anal warts [HPV 6 and 11]) and Cervarix (targeted at preventing the two main HPVs that cause cervical cancer [HPV 16 and 18])

  • From the age of 21, with or without an HPV test, a woman should get a Pap test. It is the only way to see abnormalities that can lead to cervical cancer later in life.

  • Statistics Canada estimates that every year 1,502 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 581 will die from it, while another 220 will die from cancer of the vulva or vagina.


"HPV and Cervical Cancer." Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. N.p., 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.