What is HPV?

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a virus that causes infections to the skin and the mucous membranes. There are more than 100 different strains of HPV and they affect different parts of the body. An HPV infection is passed from person to person through bodily contact (including sexual intercourse). It is one of the most common STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). 

HPV at a glance. 

High and low risk HPV types

The various types of HPV are split into two groups; high risk (because they can often but nor always lead to cancer) and low risk (because they seldom lead to cancer). The various types of infections that HPV causes include:

  • Cervical cancer is caused by HPV types 16 and 18 which are responsible for approximately 70% of all cervical cancers. These two types of HPV have also been linked to anal and penile cancers.
  • Cervical dysplasia is the term used for the formation of precancerous lesions. They are not cancerous. They are not considered dangerous in themselves and they often self-heal. However, they can lead to cervical cancer.
  • Genital warts are caused by HPV types 6 and 11. In most instances genital warts are classed as low risk.
  • Skin warts can appear on the arms, face, feet, hands and legs. Although they may develop at any age they are most prevalent in young people. They are considered low risk.

Many people will acquire an HPV infection at some stage of their lives. Infections are very often symptomless and in many instances self heal. Many people are therefore not aware that have been infected, however, while an infection is live, it can be passed on to other through direct skin to skin contact (including sexual activity).Find out more how HPV is spread.

Have the HPV vaccination administered at Broadgate Clinic London Wall

If you are have not been vaccinated against HPV and would like to be, you can call in at Broadgate Clinic London Wall to have the vaccination administered. We operate a walk-in service (no appointment necessary) as part of our well women health services and sexual health clinic London.