The short answer is: no it is not, and it does not just affect women.

HPV is a virus that is usually transmitted sexually, it is well known for causing cervical cancer in women and genital warts in both men and women.  Women usually have a test every three years at their GP for pre cancerous cells, but this test (a PAP smear) does not test for the virus – it looks for changes in the cells.

HPV can also cause other types of cancer: anal, penile, throat, tonsils and pharynx (voice box).

Better2Know tests for HPV in the vagina (women) or on a visible wart or lesion (men and women).  If you are worried about about an usual swelling, lump or blemish in or around your mouth or throat you should contact your dentist in the first instance who will be able to advise you.

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