Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an incredibly common virus with over 150 types, 40 of which are spread through sexual contact. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 79 million Americans are currently infected, making HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States.
Both healthcare providers and their patients must be aware of the effects of HPV on the body systems, including the inside of the mouth. The stigma associated with contraction of STIs can keep patients from seeking dental care to diagnose lesions, yet early detection and treatment planning produce the best outcome for anyone exhibiting symptoms of HPV and other STIs. Gaining knowledge about prevention and treatment is key to slowing the spread of this dangerous group of viruses.