As a parent, you may be surprised to learn that your child can be exposed to HPV through adolescent sexual experimentation—not just intercourse—with someone who has the virus. People can have the virus, pass it along, and not even know it.
For most people, HPV clears on its own. But for those who don’t clear the virus, it could cause certain cancers later in life.
There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other HPV-related diseases.