Everyone who comes into physical contact with a person infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is at risk of contracting the virus, although those with weakened immune systems do bear a greater risk.
While children usually contract common warts, adolescents and young adults are at risk of contracting genital warts.
Sexually transmitted HPV infections occur as a result of skin-to-skin sexual contact through vaginal, oral or anal sex. HPV is more prevalent in those who have more than one sexual partner, however, you can still contract the virus if you only have one sexual partner as they may have been previously infected.
It is possible to have HPV for a number of years after infection without showing any symptoms, thus increasing your risk of passing it onto someone else without knowing.
It is best to always get checked regularly by a doctor so as to ensure proper detection and treatment.