You can find information on hpv or human papillomavirus at cancer.gov. HPV is a viral infection spread through skin to skin contact sexual contact. HPV has stains that have been known to cause different types of cancer. Symptoms of HPV are cauliflower like growths also called genital warts or they may be flat inside and outside the vagina. The symptoms may take weeks, months or may never show up. In order to find out if you definately have HPV your doctor will need to take a test to determine a result.