HPV: Causes, Types, Symptoms, Treatments and Prevention

Is HPV Infection Treatable?

Unfortunately, HPV has no cure. Genital warts can disappear or become undetectable without any treatment. But if they persist, your doctor can help you get rid of them. You can remove genital warts with prescription drugs.

Cancers resulting from HPV infections are also treatable. The important thing for success is to commence treatment very early. This is why it is important to undergo regular screening tests to identify issues that can possibly lead to cancer.

How Do You Prevent HPV Infection?

Some experts say the surest way to be free of it is by avoiding sexual activity entirely. You probably wonder how possible or easy that will be.

The use of a condom may not help in preventing infection but can reduce your chances of getting it. That will only succeed in protecting the genitals, but not the surrounding skin.

If you want to better protect yourself against this virus, you should limit the number of your sexual partners. It also helps to ensure that your partner has no other or has had only a few sex partners before you.

Vaccination and periodic screening for cancer may also help prevent HPV issues.

Vaccines

There are vaccines that can help keep you safe from certain strains of this virus. These vaccines offer a great way of protecting against HPV infection and possible complications. They include Gardasil, Gardasil-9 and Cervarix.

These are intended mainly for young people from the age of 9 to 26 years. The CDC advised in 2016 that children aged 11 to 12 years old should get two doses of HPV vaccine, within a six-month interval.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved the use of Gardasil-9 in persons (both male and female) whose ages fall within the range of 9 to 45 years. This vaccine has been found to protect against genital warts and cervical cancer.

Researchers continue to work on developing more effective vaccines.

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