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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

HPV (Genital Warts)

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 Strengthening Your Body's Resistance to HPV (Genital Warts)
  • Stop smoking. Quitting smoking is important not only for general good health, but probably also effective for fighting symptoms of HPV infection, such as warts or lesions.
  • Cut back on drinking. According to one recent study, even 2–4 drinks per week is associated with an almost double risk of genital warts.
  • Avoid "recreational" drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.
  • Eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, so that your immune system has all the raw materials it needs to carry out its work.
  • Limit your sexual exposure. It's nearly impossible to know if your partner is free of infection, particularly HPV infection. Use a condom. Several studies have demonstrated that latex condoms are successful in keeping out the papillomavirus. Of course a condom does not cover all possible areas that might transmit or be vulnerable to infection, but it improves your odds of resisting infection considerably.
  • Reconsider the way you handle stress. If you think it may be taking a toll on your health, experiment with biofeedback, relaxation techniques, regular exercise, or whatever else helps to mitigate the effects of stress on your life.
  • CDC Recommendations for Vaccination for Females:  a 3 dose series of either Gardasil or Cervarix is recommended for routine vaccination at age 11 or 12 years and for those aged 13-26, if not previously vaccinated.
  • CDC Recommendations for Vaccination for Males:  Gardasil is recommended in a 3 dose series for routine vaccination at age 11 or 12 years and for those aged 13-21, if not previously vaccinated.  Males aged 22-26 may be vaccinated.Gardasil is recommended for men who have sex with men through age 26 years for those who did not get any or all doses when they were younger.