HPV is probably the most common STD.  HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. HPV can cause 2 different types of symptoms, genital warts and changes in the cervix which can lead to cervical cancer.  Studies suggest that as many as 90% of sexually active college age people become infected with HPV.  There is no cure for HPV, but it is thought that most people who become infected are able to clear the infection from their body with time.

We look for HPV by examining the genitalia (penis or vagina) with the naked eye and with magnification, looking for evidence of genital warts.  Pap smears are used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix.

You can find more information about HPV on the CDC website.