What to know about HPV
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It estimates that approximately 42 million people in the United States currently have an HPV infection, while a further 13 million people contract the virus each year.
A person can contract HPV through skin-to-skin contact, often through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, with someone who has the virus.
According to the CDC, 9 out of 10 cases of HPV will go away on their own within 2 years.
However, when HPV does not clear up on its own, it may cause several types of cancer. These include:
A person can go to a doctor’s office to receive testing for HPV. They can also get a vaccination against HPV.
Alternatively, an individual can try an at-home test, which may provide a more accessible option for those with busy schedules or limited access to clinics or health insurance.
This article discusses everything to know about at-home HPV testing, including which brands are available, how accurate the tests are, and when to contact a doctor.