Papillomavirus, human (HPV)
A family of over 60 viruses responsible for causing warts. Most types of HPV produce warts on the hands, fingers, and even the face. Thus, the majority of these viruses are innocuous, causing nothing more than cosmetic concerns. Several types of HPV, however, are confined primarily to the moist skin of the genitals, producing genital warts and elevating the risk for cancer of the cervix. The kinds of HPV that cause wartlike growths on the genitals and contribute to cancer of the cervix are sexually transmitted.

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