There is no treatment for the virus itself. However, there are treatments for the health problems that HPV can cause.
Genital warts can be treated by your healthcare provider or with prescription medication. They may recur after treatment. If left untreated, genital warts may go away, stay the same, or grow in size or number.
Women who get routine Pap smears with or without HPV co-testing can identify precancerous changes called cervical dysplasia. Low grade cervical dysplasia can be followed and usually resolves without intervention. High grade cervical dysplasia needs to be treated. In women with healthy immune systems, cervical cancer takes years to develop so ample opportunity exists to diagnose and treat precancerous cervical dysplasia before it progresses to cancer.
Women with limited to no access to care are at highest risk of developing cervical cancer because they are not appropriately screened.
For more information on cervical and other HPV related cancers, visit www.cancer.org.