80% of unvaccinated adults will pick up HPV at some point in their life. Most commonly there are no symptoms.
Sometimes HPV can develop into warts although it is important to remember that not everyone gets warts from HPV.
For anyone with a cervix, HPV may be identified during cervical screening which is now primarily an HPV test.
It is possible to test for some types of HPV but HPV testing is not part of a routine sexual health check up for males or females. This is in part because in some people the virus is "hibernating" at levels that are not detectable by testing.
HPV tests used for cervical screening are geared to high-risk HPV types and these do not include all the types of HPV.