HPV can lead to cervical cancer, and this infection is much more common than you might think. More than 70 percent of the sexually active adult population will be infected at least once in their lifetime, said Judith A. Smith, Pharm.D., a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.
Another healthcare provider had an even higher estimate. At least 75 percent to 80 percent of sexually active adults will get HPV by the age of 50, said Amy Pilotte, MSN, ANP-BC, OCN, ACHPN, a senior oncology advanced practice provider with Iris by OncoHealth based in Newport, Rhode Island.
It's important to note that most of these HPV infections are transient, which means they are often cured by the person's immune system without treatment, Pilotte explained.