Treatment For HPV
There is no direct treatment for HPV (human papillomavirus), but there are treatments for the health conditions and problems caused by HPV. The body’s immune system will, in most cases, successfully fight and destroy the human papillomavirus over time. When an HPV infection causes genital warts, RRP (Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis), or cancer, treatment is available.
RRP (Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis). RRP is a condition caused by HPV that causes warts to grow in the throat and can constrict airways, cause a hoarse voice, and impede normal breathing. Warts in the throat can be treated with medicine or surgical removal. Warts may return, requiring additional treatment over months or years.
Genital warts. Genital warts are the most common condition caused by HPV and are easy to treat. Genital warts can disappear by themselves or can be removed with medication. Discuss the options with your doctor.
Cancer. The most common cancer caused by HPV is cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is detected, your doctor will discuss the treatment options, which include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, laser treatment, and medication. The most common cancer caused by HPV in men is cancer of the head and neck. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and more. The other less common types of cancer caused by HPV are vulvar, vaginal, penile, and anal cancer.
Prevention of HPV. The best treatment of all for HPV is prevention. Recently, the FDA approved several HPV vaccines for both men and women. Discuss vaccination with your doctor. Any exposed HPV infected genital area is infectious. The best prevention is to have no genital to genital contact and to use good judgment when sexually active. Condoms will not prevent HPV if the virus is active on areas the condom doesn’t cover. Consult your physician for options.