Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that can cause various types of cancer. HPV is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact. The HPV vaccine provides protection from many cancers, such as: throat, cervical, penile, etc. Come hear SIU physicians and oncologists talk about HPV and how important the vaccine is. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to show that HPV vaccines are safe and they continue their monitoring.