With 79 million people in the United States alone infected, and 14 million becoming newly infected every year, HPV is the most common STI. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, "HPV is so common that nearly all men and women get it at some point in their lives." So there you go; it's almost inescapable.
While there's some sort of solace in knowing, if you contract HPV, you're absolutely, positively not alone, some strains of HPV can cause cancer in both men and women. According to the National Cancer Institute, HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancers and type 16 is responsible for 70 percent of oral cancers and 95 percent of anal cancers. But because of the stigma surrounding STIs, unfortunately there's so many misconceptions and so much most people don't know about HPV, as common as it is.
Here are the five top things that your doctor really wants you know, above all else, about HPV.