Although there is not a cure for HPV, but there are methods to treat visible genital warts. HPV, which is also referred to as Human Papilloma virus, is a type of infection that is caused by a series of related viruses. It is the most common STI and it is estimated that more than 20 million people are living with this disease. There are more than 40 different types of HPV and this disease can affect the genital areas, the mouth, and the throat. Sadly, when most people become infected with HPV, they do not even realize it. Most of the time, people who are infected show no symptoms.

HPV is most commonly transmitted through sexual contact with another infected person. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of sexually active people will get this infection at some point in their lives. Even though it is rare, a pregnant mother may pass down this condition to her baby during childbirth. Although there is no surefire way to prevent a person from becoming infected with HPV, there are some things that one can do to lower one’s chance of catching it. Males and females between the ages of 9 and 26 are encouraged to get the Gardisil vaccine. Males are only given one shot, while the females are given three. Wearing condoms during any form of sexual intercourse also reduces the risk of contracting HPV. Additionally, staying monogamous and limiting one’s sexual partners may reduce the risk of catching this infection, but even individuals who have had only one sexual partner can get HPV.

Fortunately, if a person becomes infected with HPV, it usually clears on its on without any treatment. However, in some individuals, it can lead to more serious problems, such as cervical cancer (in women) and genital warts (men and women). Since cervical cancer is usually not detected until it is too late, it is very important that all sexually activity women get regular pap smears. If the cancer it detected early enough, the women will have a more treatment options and a much greater chance of survival.

It is also very important that individuals who have visible genital warts go see their physician right away. The doctor will give the patient various treatment options. Some of those treatment options include: crycocautery, laser treatment, pedopfilox lotion or gel, and surgical excision. Crycocautery is a procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts. Laser treatment is a procedure that uses a beam of light to get rid of the warts. This is a very effective, but very expensive way of getting rid of genital warts. Pedopfilox lotion or gel can be applied at home. It is usually applied a few times a day for a few weeks at a time. This type of treatment is very effective and has virtually no side effects. Surgical excision is a type of minor surgery where the doctor removes the wart while the patient is under local anesthetic.