Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Cancer, HPV Testing, and HPV Vaccines : Frequently Asked Questions

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Can HPV be treated?

No. There’s no treatment for the virus itself. But most genital HPV infections go away with the help of a person’s immune system, usually within 2 years.

Even though HPV itself cannot be treated, the cell changes caused by an HPV infection can. For example, genital warts can be treated. Pre-cancer cell changes caused by HPV can be found by Pap tests and treated. And head and neck, cervical, anal, and genital cancers can be treated, too.


Last Medical Review: 05/02/2013
Last Revised: 05/02/2013