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