How is HPV transmitted?

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[.highlighted] Q: Dear Teal, [.highlighted] I am hearing more and more about HPV. Sounds like it is very common. How is it transmitted?

HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is most commonly transmitted from one person to another through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

It is often asymptomatic, making it very easy to pass on to someone else without knowing.

Using condoms/barrier methods can help reduce this risk, but will not protect 100%, as any exposed skin can transmit the virus. So be proactive with your health and stay up-to-date on your HPV screening. Please check with your provider if you are unsure when you are next due for HPV testing.

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Liz Swenson, MD
Medical Director

Liz Swenson is a board-certified OB/GYN who has been providing care to women for more than 20 years. She has learned that women are genuinely interested in their own health and want to understand the science behind their medical conditions. Originally from Iowa, she completed her medical training in Northern California where she still lives with her husband and two daughters. She has worked in a busy multispecialty practice in Palo Alto and has taught OBGYN residents as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member of Stanford University. Now, with a focus on helping all women have choices and access to the gynecological care they need, she is excited to use her clinical experience to help improve the lives and longevity of all Teal patients.