Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)
What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase a person's risk for getting a sexually transmitted infection, such as HPV and genital warts, include:
- Having multiple sex partners.
- Having high-risk partner(s) (partner has multiple sex partners or HPV-infected sex partners).
- Having unprotected sexual contact (not using condoms).
- Having an Reference impaired immune system Opens New Window.
If you have a high-risk type of HPV and are using birth control pills for more than 5 years, research suggests that this can increase your risk of getting cervical cancer.Reference 2 More research is needed. For more information, see the topic Reference Cervical Cancer.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 21, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology