Even girls who have not had sexual intercourse are at risk for infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study shows..
HPV is a sexually transmitted disease
that is most commonly passed between people during vaginal or anal intercourse. But it can also be transmitted through genital-to-genital, or hand-to-genital contact, which is how the participants in the study likely got the virus, the researchers said. Out of the more than 40 sexually transmitted HPV strains, more than a dozen have been identified as cancer-causing, according to the National Cancer Institute