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How do you treat HPV?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

There is no treatment for the HPV virus. However, in most people the virus is cleared naturally within a couple of years. There are treatments available for the genital warts and cancers caused by the infection. Treating visible warts as soon as they appear reduces the spread of the virus. 

Genital warts can be treated by your healthcare professional or with prescription medication. If left untreated, genital warts may go away, stay the same, or grow in size or number.

Cervical pre-cancer (not yet cancerous) can be treated. Women who get routine cervical screening tests and follow up as needed can identify problems before cancer develops. Prevention is always better than treatment. Other HPV-related cancers are also more treatable when diagnosed and treated early.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook – Rubella. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).
  2. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Rubella complications. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).
  3. World Health Organization. Measles factsheet. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0131(1) - Date of preparation April  2020