Human papillomavirus HPV


Treatment and prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV)

Scientists are learning more about treatment and prevention options for HPV. The FDA approved the first HPV vaccine — a vaccine that can prevent HPV infection and the development of HPV-related medical conditions and cancers — in 2006.

HPV vaccination is now recommended for all boys and girls ages 11 and 12 to protect them before they become sexually active. Females between the ages of 13 and 26 who have not previously been vaccinated can also receive the HPV vaccine.

Other HPV prevention strategies include:

  • Avoiding sex (abstinence)
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Using barrier contraception such as condoms and dental dams (which may decrease, but not eliminate, the risk of HPV infection)

Many HPV infections clear up in time, without treatment. There is no medical treatment to cure or eliminate HPV infection. Regular medical care and pelvic exams can help you stay healthy. Annual exams, Pap tests, and combined Pap/HPV testing all look for signs and symptoms of HPV infection. They also allow health care providers to diagnose and treat HPV-related conditions before the conditions become serious.

Rely on the skilled Dignity Health women’s services team for comprehensive care for HPV in NV, CA, and AZ. From HPV screening to treatment, our doctors offer experience and a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect.