Human Papillomavirus (HPV) | Treatment

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What is the treatment for HPV?

Currently, there is no cure for HPV. If you have it, you'll need to have regular and frequent Pap tests to keep watching for signs of cancer. Your doctor may want you to have Pap tests every 4 to 6 months to check the status of the HPV infection. In many men and women, HPV goes away on its own without causing any health problems.

Genital warts must be treated by your doctor. Do not try to treat the warts yourself, especially with chemicals you can buy over the counter to remove warts that you would find on your hands. These chemicals are not supposed to be used for genital warts, as they can irritate the skin.

Source

HPV Testing in the Evaluation of the Minimally Abnormal Papanicolaou Smear by BS Apgar, M.D., M.S., and G Brotzman, M.D. (American Family Physician May 15, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990515ap/2794.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/14
Created: 05/99

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