Currently, there is no cure for HPV (human papillomavirus). However, treatment is available for the changes HPV can cause to the cervix. There is also treatment for the genital warts that are caused by HPV. The next best thing to a cure is protecting yourself by not having sex, by only having sex in a mutually monogamous relationship, or by getting the HPV vaccine.
Is There an HPV Cure?There is no cure for HPV, although in most people, the infection goes away within a year. Since an HPV infection does not usually cause symptoms, most people are completely unaware that they have even been infected.
While there is no HPV cure, there is an approved vaccine available to prevent infection. There is also HPV treatment for the changes that the virus can cause on the cervix, as well as treatment for genital warts.
Is There a Natural Cure for HPV?Many people search the Internet looking for a natural way of curing HPV. However, there isn't one.
There has been limited research looking at some micronutrients and their impact on either preventing an HPV infection or speeding up the process of clearing the virus from the body. Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence at this time to recommend anything for either treatment or prevention of HPV.
Research suggests that women with higher levels of lycopene in their blood were able to more quickly remove HPV from their body (8.5 months, on average), compared to women with low levels of lycopene (11 months, on average). High levels of lycopene are found in:
- Tomatoes and tomato products (ketchup, tomato paste, etc.)
- Pink grapefruit
- Pink guava.
Other micronutrients with antioxidant properties have also shown some benefit in limited studies to either decrease the length of an HPV infection or provide some protective capability, including:
Just like with lycopene, however, there is not enough evidence to recommend any nutritional supplement at this time for either treatment or prevention of HPV.