If they have it, they can have other tests and treatment if they need it to hopefully avoid a cancer from growing.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under, with some having no symptoms.
Genital warts mean you will get cancer – No. Warts are caused by a different type of HPV
I haven’t had lots of sex, so I probably won’t have it – Wrong. Having HPV isn’t a sign that someone has slept with a lot of people or been unfaithful to a partner. You can get it during your first sexual contact – whether that is touching, penetrative sex, oral sex or sharing sex toys
We use condoms, so I’m totally protected – Wrong. Using condoms reduces the risk but not entirely
My current partner must have given it to me – Not necessarily. HPV can stay undetected in the body for years. It is very common and for most people it will never cause a problem
I’ve had the vaccine so I cant get it – No. Although the HPV vaccine protects against seven out of 10 cases of cervical cancer, it does not offer complete protection. So, even if you have had the HPV vaccine, it is very important to attend cervical screening
Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, who will be talking about the survey findings at Cancer Research UK’s Early Diagnosis conference, said: “We must address the level of misunderstanding that exists around HPV.
“Most people will get the virus in their lifetime, so it is worrying to see such high levels of fear or shame associated with it.”
Sara Hiom, from Cancer Research UK, said: “Busting the myths and removing the stigmas surrounding HPV is vital to ensure people feel more confident to book and turn up for their cervical screening appointment.”