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Can HPV be treated or cured?

Can HPV be treated or cured?

While there is no cure for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), there are treatments available for its common physical symptom: genital warts.

If you suspect you have genital warts, don’t try to treat them with over-the-counter medication — instead, head straight to your doctor. The warts can be treated with a topical anti-viral cream prescribed by your doctor or removed by freezing them with liquid nitrogen or burning them off with an acid or electrical currents. Your doctor can also remove the warts surgically, by cutting them off with a scalpel or laser. All removal methods are relatively painless, but surgical removal is the most effective option.

Even if your warts are removed, another outbreak can occur. And since HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women, if your partner is infected, ask her to get bi-annual pap smears for early detection. Practice safe sex to avoid passing HPV on to your partner and to avoid picking up a more harmful strain of the virus yourself.

Learn more about treating HPV in the below video:

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