Genital HPV infections are very, very common. In fact, most people who have sex get the HPV at some point in their lives. Most people with HPV have no symptoms and feel totally fine, so they usually don’t even know they’re infected.
Causes of Human Papillomavirus Infection
HPV can be transmitted during oral sex as well. Infections that cause HPV-related cancers in the throat, pharynx, soft palate, tonsils, and tongue are often spread this way.
How Is It Transmitted?
Unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sex
A weakened immune system
Having a sexual partner that has HPV
Having other STIs, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes simplex
Using oral contraceptives over a long period of time
Using tobacco products
Receiving anal sex