3D rendering of the human papillovirus (HPV). HPV is the most commonly spread sexually transmitted disease but spread can be prevented with the HPV vaccine.

Kristen Stirling, NP, was interviewed by Helen Massy for an article, “Yes, All Warts Are Caused by HPV” on the sexual health article site, Giddy. The article provides a general overview of warts, genital warts, and wart prevention.

Below are some common questions about warts that the article answers. For more information, be sure to read the full article on Giddy.

Why do people get warts?

Kristen: “HPV (human papillomavirus) is the virus that causes all warts.” She also explains there are many known HPV strains, but only a minority of these strains cause warts.

How easily do warts spread?

Massy: “HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.” She then references the CDC’s report that almost all sexually active men and women contract HPV during their lifetime.

Kristen: “Frequent or vigorous contact with [genital warts] can spread the virus elsewhere on the body or to another person.” She goes on to explain that if yo