Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes of your body. These include the cervix (entrance to the womb), anus, mouth and throat.
There are a number of different strains of HPV. Most have no symptoms, go away by themselves and don’t cause any health problems. Some types can cause genital warts or lead to cervical, anal and other cancers.