Let us continue our HPV informational journey with a few essential points:
- HPV infections are almost exclusively acquired from sexual exposure.
- The virus has been detected in multiple sites on both the male and female genital areas.
- The cervix is the most common site for the infection.
- Transmission between the mother and infant has been documented, with exposure during the delivery being suggested as the most common cause of the fetal infection. This is considered a vertical form of transmission. Some studies suggest a vertical transmission rate of about 25% with almost all neonatal infections cleared by the first year of life.