Info For Teens
Ask the Experts
they say some types of HPV can cure itself and go away by itself does that include the kind that give you genital warts? or is the whole concept 100% untrue?
All types of genital HPV — human papilloma virus — can go away on their own. Sometimes genital warts go away on their own in a few months — but remember, just because you don’t have any visible warts, you may still have the virus that causes them, so you still have to be careful about protecting yourself and your partner. So always use a condom or female condom to reduce the risk of infection.
Genital warts may be uncomfortable and unattractive, but they’re not usually dangerous. Treatment for genital warts focuses on removing existing warts. This could be through prescription creams that you apply to the warts or by removing the warts with special medications applied by health care providers or with electrocautery or lasers.
The drug company Merck has developed an HPV vaccine that’s effective against two types of HPV that cause 90 percent of the cases of genital warts, as well as two types of HPV that lead to 70 percent of all cervical cancers. Vaccinating young girls is the surest way to protect against genital warts and cancers of the cervix. People who are sexually active can reduce their risk of getting HPV by using condoms every time they have sex. In addition, women who are sexually active, whether vaccinated or not, can protect themselves against developing cervical cancer by getting regular Pap tests.