Treatment for abnormal cervical cells, said WomensHealth.gov, includes freezing off abnormal tissue, removing tissue with a hot wire loop, and destroying abnormal tissue with lasers.
To reduce the risk of HPV, the Food and Drug Administration approved two HPV vaccines. The Mayo Clinic said that Gardasil protects against HPV strains that cause most genital warts and cervical cancer. Cervarix protects against cervical cancer but not genital warts.
The CDC recommended both vaccines for girls aged 11 or 12. NIAID reported that Gardasil is for males aged nine through 26.
IDPH advised that in order to eliminate risk for genital HPV, you should refrain from any genital contact with another person. The CDC recommended having monogamous relationships with one partner who has had no or few prior sex partners or limit the number of sex partners. WomensHealth.gov advocated always using condoms and taking care to use them properly.
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Human Papillomaviruses and Cancer. Cancer.gov by the National Cancer Institute. Web 29 Jan 2012.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Genital Warts. NIAID.gov by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health. Web 29 Jan 2012.
Human Papillomavirus. IDPH.state.il.us by the State of Illinois. Web 29 Jan 2102.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts fact sheet. WomensHealth.gov by the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Web 29 Jan 2012.
HPV Infection. MayoClinic.com by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Web 29 Jan 2012.
Reviewed January 31, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN