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Are most strains of HPV not harmful? Can only cause things of no concern(warts on legs and arms, etc). Are the cancer causing forms less common?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
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In brief: Yes

There are over 100 strains of HPV and most are not harmful.
Over 90% of adults worldwide have some strain of HPV. There are about 13 strains that have been associated with cancer, two of which are considered the most aggressive, Types 16 and 18.

In brief: Yes

There are over 100 strains of HPV and most are not harmful.
Over 90% of adults worldwide have some strain of HPV. There are about 13 strains that have been associated with cancer, two of which are considered the most aggressive, Types 16 and 18.
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