We mostly hear about HPV in connection with cervical cancer. This is the most dramatic consequence of the disease, which affects women.
Men are in less danger, the primary concern is that they can transmit the disease, but they can also develop rectal or genital tumors.
A newer association is between HPV and cancerous diseases of the oral cavity.
Less harmful, but very persistent and uncomfortable symptoms are genital warts, which are also caused by HPV, and can make the patient's life miserable.
Unfortunately, not even the use of condoms guarantees prevention. The most effective protection is vaccination and regular screening.