HPV - Human Papilloma Viruses: Answers to frequently asked questions
Almost everyone becomes infected with human papillomaviruses (HPV) during their lifetime. The genital HP viruses are divided into two groups: the low-risk and the high-risk viruses. Infection with low-risk viruses can lead to the formation of genital warts. An infection with high-risk viruses that does not heal on its own can, in rare cases, lead to cervical cancer over a period of 10 - 15 years.
The main route of infection
Infection usually occurs during sexual intercourse through contact with infected skin or mucous membrane areas. Viruses can also be transmitted during oral sex. Infection by non-sexual means is possible, but comparatively rare.