Because there’s no cure for human papillomavirus (HPV), NYU Langone gynecologists or urologists monitor you after you’ve been treated for genital warts or precancerous cervical changes to make sure that the warts do not return or that there are no additional changes to cervical cells.
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Our gynecologists recommend a regular Pap test to check the cervix for precancerous or cancerous cells.
HPV spreads easily through sexual contact. If you find out you have HPV, you can help reduce the risk of passing the virus to a partner by using condoms, dental dams, or other barrier protection during sexual activity; avoiding sexual activity when genital warts are present; and staying away from spermicides, which can cause tiny abrasions on the genitals that can help the virus spread.
If you are under age 26, you may consider getting the HPV vaccine. Your doctor can advise you on whether vaccination is recommended for you.
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