70% of sexually active adults have some form of HPV. Males carry the cancer-prone strain "invisibly", that is, there is no physical manifestation of it (they don't have a cervix that can go dysplastic).
HPV can be contracted by skin-to-skin contact, so condoms won't necessarily avoid transmission.
Also, HPV can lie dormant for up to 10 years. Some people actually never have any untoward symptoms in their lifetimes even when the virus is present.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
When I first found out about HPV, I was pretty ****** off. I thought that this was the age of sexual liberation for young women and that armed with a condom, I could basically do whatever I want, but sadly that was not the case. As young ladies we should *all* have been told this.
I am also 22 years old and was diagnosed with CIN II. I had my LEEP in early February and am scheduled for my follow-up in May.
Instead of warning us about STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea (which are easily treated with antibiotics) they should warn us about HPV, because men won't observe any symptoms, condoms don't necessarily protect against it, and it can lead to cancer and requires SURGERY as treatment. That's a much scarier prospect than popping a few antibiotic pills.