Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common skin infection that is spread by skin-to-skin contact; this means you don’t even need to have full sex to spread the infection. Certain types of HPV cause visible genital warts. Most often, the HPV infection causes no warts and people don’t know they have it.
Genital HPV can be prevented by vaccination, and it works best if you get vaccinated before you have sex with anyone. It is currently free in New Zealand for males and females aged 9 - 26 years inclusive (up to your 27th birthday).
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