More than 100 types of
human papillomaviruses (HPVs)-which cause
genital warts, and abnormal cell changes on
cervix -have been identified. You may be
infected with more than one type.
HPV types 6 and 11 cause the most visible genital
warts. They are spread easily from person to person. However, they are rarely
associated with the development of cervical cancer in women.
types 16, 18, 31, 33, and 35 are strongly associated with abnormal
cells on the cervix and cancer of the cervix. Nearly all cervical
cancer tumors contain one of these types, which are sometimes called high-risk
types. But many women may be infected with high-risk types of HPV but
never develop precancerous changes or cancer.
DNA testing can identify whether high-risk types are
Did You Know?
Under the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance plans will cover preventive care services, including checkups, vaccinations and screening tests, at no cost to you. Learn more.