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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

  • ‘Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)’ causes penile cancer in men and cervical, vaginal, anal & vulvar cancer in women.
  • It can also cause throat or rectum cancer in both men and women.
  • The virus is transmitted through intimate contact like – sexual intercourse, oral or anal sex.
  • It poses a higher risk for HIV-infected persons, smokers, and people dependent on hormonal contraceptives.
  • The Vaccine – In India, two vaccines namely “Gardasil” & “Cervarix” are available.
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