Harvard Health Blog
HPV vaccine: A vaccine that works, and one all children should get
HPV vaccine: A vaccine that works, and one all children should get By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Most of the time, the body clears it without problems. But when it doesn’t, it can lead to cancer. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, and it can also lead to cancers of the vagina, vulva, penis, anus, and mouth.