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Causes of Human Papillomavirus

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) spreads through unprotected sexual contact and skin-to-skin contact, leading to the growth of warts and, in some cases, cancer.

  • 05 Mar 2024
  • 2 min read

Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is a viral infection that causes mucus membranes or skin to grow into warts. It spreads from one person to another through contact. With over a hundred types, understanding HPV and its causes can be tricky. Most HPV types induce warts to grow, but some can also cause cancer. Let’s discover Human Papillomavirus causes in the following section.

What are the Causes of Human Papillomavirus?

Most cases of HPV arise from unprotected sexual contact. The male and female partner can witness the development of warts in their private parts. Human Papillomavirus spreads when a healthy individual gets into skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. A significant part of the time, unprotected vaginal and anal sex is the reason behind Human Papillomavirus.

Sexual intercourse without protection, such as vaginal or anal sex or even contacting skin during sex, can spread HPV. What worsens this condition is that it can pass from an infected person to somebody healthy, regardless of whether the infected individual gives any indications of having HPV.

Human Papillomavirus can spread not only through sex but also by touching infected skin or sharing things such as towels. Having sex with multiple partners makes it more likely to catch different types of HPV, causing more problems. Likewise, assuming that a person’s immune system is weak from stress, sickness, or certain medications, they're more likely to contract HPV and have more complex issues as a result.


It's widely known that HPV causes warts; however, a vast majority do not realise it can lead to deadly conditions, including cancer. Hence, to make yourself less vulnerable, ensure to obtain a health insurance plan that covers HPV. Regular check-ups and vaccinations are also crucial in staying protected from HPV and its potential risks.


Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your general physician or another certified medical professional for any questions regarding a medical condition. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any effects or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.

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