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Who is at risk of HPV?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

HPV is very common in both men and women, with initial infection occurring closely after a sexual encounter. Although it is common among young Australian’s, it is important to note that it is not only a young person’s disease.

It is thought that up to 79% of males and females who have had any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact will be infected with at least one of the types of genital HPV at some time in their life.

Those at increased risk include:

  • men who have sex with men
  • adults with a weakened immune system.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. 4.6 Human papillomavirus. Available at:  (accessed 15 April 2018).
  2. Queensland State Government Health. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available at:  (accessed 15 April 2018)
  3. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - immunisation. Available at:  (accessed 15 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0131a - Date of preparation May 2018