Human Papillomavirus and Pregnancy: Can HPV be passed from mother to child?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), with the highest rate in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. HPV can be passed from one person to another through vaginal, anal, or oral sex or skin-to-skin sexual contact. Anyone who’s exposed to HPV during sex can be infected, but is it possible for someone to pass it to their unborn child? This article explains the potential risks associated with HPV and fertility, conception, and pregnancy.