Can human papillomavirus (HPV) be treated?

There is no cure for human papillomavirus (HPV), but there are treatments for genital warts. In addition, young women may be vaccinated against four common strains of HPV, as well as the types that cause most HPV-related cervical cancers. For women over 26, the best defense against HPV is to learn as much as possible about the disease to try to minimize your risk. Using condoms, limiting your number of sexual contacts and continuing to have regular Pap tests are important steps to reducing risk.

Most people with HPV infections don't require treatment. Your body's immune system simply gets rid of the virus on its own. Only a small portion of women develop problems, ranging from warts to cervical cancer, that require treatment.

No. There is no treatment or cure for HPV. But there are treatments for the changes HPV can cause on the cervix. Genital warts can also be treated.

This answer is based on the source infromation from the the National Women's Health Information Center  

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