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 Strengthening Your Body's Resistance to HPV 
  • 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.
  • The CDC recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV.  The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose.   Three doses are recommended for persons who start the series at ages15 through 26 years.