HPV, or human papilloma virus, is one of the more common sexually transmitted infections in the world. Most people who have HPV exude no signs or symptoms of transmission. Currently, there is no medical treatment effective in eliminating the virus. To prevent getting the virus, men and women are given vaccines.
HPV treatment hinges on the kind of HPV one has gotten. Those who have contracted HPV of low risk types which cause genital warts can undergo warts removal and treatment at home or in a hospital. High risk types of HPV which can result to genital cancer like anal and cervical can be treated according to the state of the cancer and the diagnosis.
Genital warts treatment can range from home therapies to hospital-based treatment. Successful removal ranges up to 8 months. However, eliminating the warts will not completely eliminate HPV virus in the body. There is also a chance of reappearance.
Treatment options for a large amount of warts include chemical treatment called cyrotheraphy. This treatment option can be quite painful and can result to scarring. Two strong chemicals- trichloroacetic acid and podohyllin- are directly applied on the genital warts. The application should be repeated for several times. There is also a new product called Wartrol which has been proven effective in encouraging the body’s immune system to fight off the HPV virus and removing the genital warts.
HPV treatment can also be done by surgery and radiation therapy particularly for those who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. In case the cancer has been limited around the cervix area, the only treatment option is hysterectomy or removal of the uterus.