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Is There a Cure for HPV?

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HPV Treatments for Tissue Changes

If the HPV infection has caused abnormal cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer, there are four main treatment options:

  • Watch and wait. Sometimes the cell changes -- called cervical dysplasia, precancerous cell changes, or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia -- will heal on their own.
  • Cryotherapy. This involves freezing the abnormal cells with liquid nitrogen.
  • Conization. This procedure, also known as a cone biopsy, removes the abnormal areas.
  • LEEP or Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. The abnormal cells are removed with an electrical current.

The goal is to remove all the abnormal cells and thus remove most or all of the cells with HPV.

HPV Treatments for Genital Warts

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on January 14, 2015
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