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The most common sexually-transmitted disease, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), causes genital warts and is responsible for the onset of cervical cancer. The virus has many sub-types; the benign ones cause genital warts and the more aggressive sub-types infect the cervix, creating pre-cancerous and cancerous changes over time. The majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV sub-types 16 and 18, while sub-types 6 and 11 are the culprits for genital warts.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease causing genital warts and cervical cancer, as well as cancers of the vulva, vagina and anus. An estimated 10,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.