Cervical Cancer

Updated 26 March 2018

How do you get HPV?

HPV is passed through skin-to-skin contact most often during sexual intercourse.

HPV is passed on through skin-to-skin contact most often during sexual intercourse. HPV usually causes no symptoms and most men and women can get HPV and pass it on without realising it. People can have HPV even if years have passed since they had sex. - (Health24, August 2011)


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