How HPV Spreads

HPV infections are so common that nearly all men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some time in their lives. HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin or sexual contact. HPV infection occurs when the virus enters your body, usually through a cut, abrasion or small tear in the skin. You can get HPV from someone who has the virus, even if they don’t show signs or symptoms.

Last Reviewed: February 8, 2024