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What are the symptoms of HPV?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

HPV infection is usually diagnosed by the presence of genital warts.

However, HPV infection is often subclinical (no symptoms present). Other symptoms include: 

  • Warts, including genital, plantar, flat and common warts 
  • respiratory papillomatosis (warts/growths in the upper airway causing breathing difficulties and voice changes)
  • pre-cancerous cellular changes and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and the oral cavity.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook – Rubella. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).
  2. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Rubella complications. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0131(1) - Date of preparation April 2020