Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Most sexually active people come into contact with it at some time in their lives.

This website is intended as a resource for gay and other men who have sex with men. Gay men (and particularly HIV-positive gay men) are at a greater risk of developing some HPV-related cancers, compared to the general population.

HPV causes common warts and genital warts. While, for most people the virus is harmless and their immune systems are able to clear it, it can also cause a range of cancers, including cancers of the anus, cervix, penis, vagina, vulva, and the neck and throat.

There are vaccines available to protect against acquiring HPV, including THE TWO STRAINS OF HPV THAT CAUSE THE MOST ANAL CANCERS.

There are vaccines available to protect against acquiring HPV, including the two strains of HPV that cause the most anal cancers. The most commonly used vaccine also protects against two main strains that cause anal and genital warts. The vaccine is most effective if given prior to exposure to HPV. However, some research has shown that, even if you have had prior HPV exposure, you may still derive some benefit from vaccination.

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