Most people will never know they have been infected because HPV often doesn’t cause any symptoms. This means you can get HPV and pass it along without ever knowing it. While an HPV infection can’t be treated, what it causes can.
Precancerous cervical changes can develop if there is a persistent or continuous high-risk HPV infection. Precancerous cervical changes and cervical cancer can be treated.
Genital warts caused by low-risk types of HPV can appear weeks or months after skin-to-skin sexual contact with an infected person. There are treatments for genital warts.