HPV Home > Cure for Genital Warts

There is no known genital warts cure (natural or not). Treatments are available to remove the warts, but they can still return, even after treatment. Until there is a cure, the HPV virus can remain in the infected person, be transmitted to sex partners, and cause the warts to recur. The best way to prevent against this is to protect yourself.

Is There a Cure for Genital Warts?

The human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the virus that causes genital warts, has no known cure; thus, there is no cure for genital warts -- only treatment for the symptoms. Even after the genital warts are treated, the virus (genital HPV) may remain and warts can return. For this reason, it is not clear if genital warts treatment lowers a person's chance of giving the virus to a sex partner or not.
If left untreated, genital warts may go away, remain unchanged, or increase in size or number. There is no way to predict whether the warts will grow or disappear. Therefore, if you suspect you have genital warts, you should be examined and treated, if necessary.
The warts themselves will not turn into cancer. It is not fully known why low-risk HPV causes genital warts in some cases and not in others.

Is There a Natural Genital Warts Cure?

Many people search the Internet looking for a natural way of curing genital warts. Some people claim that apple cider is a cure. However, the fact is that there is no medical or natural cure for this condition at this time.

The Next Best Thing to a Cure: Protecting Yourself

The HPV virus can infect male and female genital areas that are covered by a condom, as well as areas not covered by the condom. Using condoms may reduce the risk of getting genital warts and cervical cancer, but they may not completely protect you from HPV itself. The best way to protect yourself from HPV is to not have sex or to only have sex with one uninfected partner who also only has sex with you, that is, a mutually monogamous relationship.
An HPV vaccine is available, sold under the brand name Gardasil®, that can protect against cervical cancer and genital warts. The recommended age for vaccination is between 11 and 12. It can be given to girls as young as 9 years of age. "Catch-up" HPV vaccinations are recommended for girls and women ages 13 to 26, because this vaccine was not available when they were 11 to 12.
The vaccine protects against two types of HPV known to cause up to 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and against two types of HPV known to cause up to 90 percent of genital warts cases.
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