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The HPV Vaccine and Genital Warts

Genital warts are caused by HPV. Symptoms of genital warts include skin-colored growths, much like warts on other parts of the body. They are usually not painful. Male genital warts usually occur on the penis, and female genital warts can occur outside (on the vulva) or inside (on the vagina or cervix). Genital warts can also occur on the scrotum or anus. Oral HPV warts can occur through oral sex.
 
HPV warts are common and are easily spread through sexual contact. Condoms do not fully protect against HPV, as they often do not cover all the warts.
 
Treatments for genital warts include several ways to remove the warts (such as with chemical treatments or freezing). Talk to your healthcare provider about genital warts treatment. Over-the-counter wart (OTC) products should never be used for the treatment of genital warts. There is no way to cure genital warts, and warts may disappear and return on their own.
 
Gardasil protects against the HPV types that cause 90 percent of all genital wart cases. It is not used to treat genital warts that are already present. However, even if you have been infected with one type of HPV, the HPV vaccine can still protect you from the other types.
 
Although the HPV vaccine will not treat the genital warts virus or the symptoms for genital warts, having genital warts should not stop you from getting the HPV vaccine. Even if you have genital warts, the HPV vaccine can help prevent you from getting the other types of HPV that might cause cervical cancer.
 
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