Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends both girls and boys ages 11-12 should begin routine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Routine vaccination involves a series of three shots over the course of six months.
HPV is a virus that infects the skin and mucous membranes. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease, infecting over half of the sexually active population.
HPV can be spread through any kind of genital contact with someone who has HPV, even if they have no symptoms, and can come in more than 40 forms.
The virus is commonly associated with genital warts