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Are Genital Warts Curable?


There are many products out in the market today that promise to cure your genital warts. However, you must understand that the cure that they are talking about merely refers to the alleviation and/or elimination of the symptoms of genital warts. The treatments only serve to get rid of the warts aptly named as the human papillomavirus (HPV) or the virus responsible for genital warts. It will still remain since no cure for it has been found yet. Hence, the best way that you can deal with genital warts is through prevention.


HPV is sexually transmitted, but it does not require the exchange of bodily fluids during intercourse to be passed from one person to another. Instead, this virus is spread through direct skin contact. You may use a condom and other forms of barrier protection to reduce your chance of becoming infected with HPV. This, however, does not guarantee a 100 percent chance since such forms of protection does not completely cover the genital region. This means that you can still catch HPV and develop genital warts even if you are having protected sex.


Another way by which you can prevent genital warts is through immunization, but this only applies to women. In June 2006, the vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer and other HPV-caused diseases was approved for public use by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then licensed it for use in women from the ages 9 to 26. This vaccine is popularly known as Gardasil. It was designed to protect against certain types of HPV, which all together results in 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of that of genital warts.


Over-the-Counter Wart Removal


There are also over-the-counter and non-prescription formula that you can use to eliminate your warts symptoms at home. Over-the-counter formula usually works by destroying the tissue of the visible warts. They are usually safe, cheap, and easy to use. For better results, experts always recommend the products with FDA approved ingredients.


If the above treatments don’t work for you, your doctor may recommend major procedures to eliminate your warts like cryosurgery (freezing), alpha-interferon injections, loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) (cutting the wart off), and carbon dioxide (CO­2) laser surgery.


It is important to know that even though the treatment for genital warts was successful in terms of removing the symptoms, the warts may recur because there is not cure for the root of the problem, which is HPV.


HPV can lie dormant in your system for a long time and this can result in another outbreak of genital warts anytime. The good news here is that even if genital warts recur, they do so in varying persistence. This means that some people will experience several recurrence episodes, while some will only have a few. It seems that our immune system gains some control of the HPV, thus decreasing the chance of genital warts resurfacing.


In fact, in most cases, the chances of recurrence happening is completely eliminated within two years.



Are Genital Warts Curable
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