Can HPV Be Cured?

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True...

Nobody wants an incurable disease. We all want to be healthy and live lives that are productive and free from the effects of negativity - no matter what shape it comes in. There are myriad opportunities presented in a wide variety of venues that offer healing, freedom from disease and any number of other things to guarantee a life filled with fun, laughter and freedom. Oh, if only it were totally true.

We know, most often from experience, that things which are offered that appear "too good to be true," usually are. That is why it is important to understand the truth of the health issues we face and we also need to have a good understanding of the types of procedures used to address those issues.

Sorry, Once You've Contracted HPV, It's Here To Stay

One of the things which has received attention and from which many people would love a magic escape, is HPV and the accompanying genital warts. HPV is a viral infection that is transferred through direct skin-to-skin contact and it does not require sexual intercourse to spread. HPV, human papillomavirus, is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases of today and is responsible not only for genital warts, but in some circumstances for cancers in the cervix, anus and throat. However, not all infections of HPV lead to cancer.

There are many products on the market today offering a cure for genital warts caused by HPV. It is vitally important to understand that when such offers of "curing" are made, what they are often saying is there is an opportunity to alleviate or relieve the symptoms of genital warts. There is, at this time, no cure for HPV and the accompanying warts, but there is treatment for the warts and medicines that help eliminate the presence of these warts on the genitalia of both men and women.

HPV, human papillomavirus, primarily is a sexually transmitted disease, but even with protected sex, there is still a chance of contamination with HPV because of the contact of skin to skin around the genitalia.

Some Ways Genital Warts Are Treated

A current way to address the issue of HPV is with a vaccine which has been introduced and used for girls and young women beginning at age 9 until the age of 26. This is to address the occurrence of cervical cancer and is known as Gardasil. Over-the-counter prescription medications such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA), podofilox, and imiaquimod serve to eliminate warts but don't cure them. Many of these types of drugs contain high levels of chemicals which may be dangerous if used improperly. Should medication fail, there are surgical procedures such as cryosurgery, alpha-interferon injections, excision (LEEP) and laser surgery. All of these will remove the warts, but will not cure the virus.

Treatments Are Not Always Absolute

Some people experience recurrence of warts after they have been removed, although they often recur in varying persistence which means that they may return in minimal numbers only a few times. The immune system, if kept healthy, can gain some control over HPV and decrease its effect in the body. This means fewer outbreaks and a decreased chance of warts resurfacing.