How do I protect myself from human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Kristine A. Borrison, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Use condoms and limit the number of sexual partners to protect yourself against HPV. Find out why safe sex and the HPV vaccine is important in this video from gynecologist Kristine Borrison, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital.
 Dr. Diane Harper
Health Education

There's no way to completely protect yourself from getting human papillomavirus (HPV), but you can reduce your risk. In this video, HPV expert Dr. Diane Harper explains how.

Using condoms may reduce the risk of getting genital warts and cervical cancer. But condoms don't always protect you from HPV. The best ways to protect yourself from HPV are to:
Not have sex Be faithful, meaning you and your partner only have sex with each other and no one else.

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

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