The HPV virus is very common and causes 99% of cervical cancers. You can catch it through intimate sexual contact with another person who already has it. Because it is so common, most people will get infected at some point in their life. People are often infected without knowing it as there are usually no symptoms. In most women the virus does not cause cervical cancer.
For more information about cervical screening visit NHSinform website
The HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine is offered to girls of secondary school age to protect them against the two types of HPV that cause cervical cancer. For more information visit Immunisation Scotland website or watch the video below