The human papillomavirus (HPV) is derived from the DNA and is a virus. This virus can cause genital warts and some cancers including cervical.

The virus can cause mucous membrane warts on different parts of the body depending which type of HPV you have eg. Some can appear on the feet, some one neck and some on the genital area. 

In most cases the HPV infection is destroyed by the immune system before it can cause any symptoms.

In 2010 a HPV vanccine was introduced to young girls in school. It is advisable by healthcare professionals for girls to receive vaccine before becoming sexually active and so the vaccine is given to 12/13/14 year olds as a school programme for free. It is recommended all women get “pap” tests to check for HPV.

If you have any concerns or notice any warts on yourself or your child do not hesitate to contact your doctor.