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The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts, including genital
warts, and may cause cervical cancer and changes in the cervix that can lead to
cancer. HPV is spread by direct contact.
There are more than 100 known types of HPV.
There is no known cure for HPV. Most warts and HPV infections go
away without treatment within 2 years. But medicines and treatments are
available to help warts disappear more quickly. HPV remains in the body with or
without treatment, so warts or HPV infections of the cervix may come
The HPV vaccine can help prevent HPV infection. It can be given to males and females 9 to 26 years old.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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