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Prevention of HPV and Genital Warts

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Updated December 02, 2003

Prevention of HPV and Genital Warts

The only way to prevent HPV infection is to avoid direct contact with the virus, which is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. If warts are visible in the genital area, sexual contact should be avoided until the warts are treated. Using a latex condom during sexual intercourse may provide some protection.

Researchers are working to develop two types of HPV vaccines. One type would be used to prevent infection or disease (warts or pre-cancerous tissue changes). Another type would be used to treat cervical cancers. Clinical trials are in progress for both types of vaccines.

Reprinted from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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