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What are the treatment options for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Although there is currently no medical cure for human papillomavirus infection, the lesions and warts these viruses cause can be treated. Methods commonly used to treat lesions include cryosurgery (freezing that destroys tissue), LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure, the removal of tissue using a hot wire loop), and conventional surgery.

Similar treatments may be used for external genital warts. In addition, some drugs may be used to treat external genital warts. More information about treatment for genital warts can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines Web page.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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