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Is there a vaccine to prevent genital warts?

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People 9 to 26 years old can get the HPV vaccine to prevent genital warts. You can get two shots a year apart before age 15, or three injections over a 6-month period after that age.

You must get the shots before you're exposed to HPV for the vaccine to work. It won't protect you if you've already been infected with certain HPV strains, but it can protect you from many other, but not all types of HPV you have not been exposed to.

From: What Are Genital Warts? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Genital Warts."

CDC: "Genital Warts, What's the Problem?" "6 Reasons to Get HPV Vaccine for Your Child."

NCBI: "Genital Warts, a Comprehensive Review."

Cancer.gov: "HPV and Cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 06, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Genital Warts."

CDC: "Genital Warts, What's the Problem?" "6 Reasons to Get HPV Vaccine for Your Child."

NCBI: "Genital Warts, a Comprehensive Review."

Cancer.gov: "HPV and Cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 06, 2019

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