NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
high-risk human papillomavirus (hy-risk HYOO-mun PA-pih-LOH-muh-VY-rus)
A type of human papilloma virus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer and other types of cancer, such as cancers of the anus, vagina, vulva, penis, and oropharynx. Most high-risk human papillomavirus infections go away on their own without treatment, and do not cause cancer. Also called high-risk HPV.