The Human papillomavirus is better known as HPV. It is a viral infection that spreads through skin-to-skin sexual contact and includes over 100 different infections. Often these infections are symptom-free. Around 30% in this group lead to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) resulting from contact with an infected partner. HPV cannot be prevented by using condoms because the virus may be present on the skin surrounding the genitals.
HPV can cause genital warts or abnormal cell changes in the cervix and other genital area which can cause cancer.
Some of the best medications for the treatment of HPV include:
1. Gardasil is one of the top drugs for the HPV virus. It is a non-infectious quadrivalent recombinant vaccine, with highly purified virus-like particles, in combination with an aluminum-containing vaccine adjuvant.
2. Imiquimod (Aldara) is a prescription medication that acts as an immune response modifier. Imiquimod is a patient-applied cream used to treat certain diseases of the skin as well as HPV.
3. Podofilox(Condylox) is a drug used to treat the HPV virus. It is a non-alkaloid toxic lignan extracted from the roots and rhizomes of the podophyllum species. It is a topical gel used for the treatment of external genital and perianal exophytic warts (condylomata acuminata) caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
4. Trichloroacetic acid is an analogue of acetic acid in which three hydrogen atoms of the methyl group have all been replaced by chlorine atoms. Solutions containing trichloroacetic acid as an ingredient are used for the treatment of genital warts, caused by some type of HPV.
5. A new study has found that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. It also helps prevent genital warts and low-grade cervical growths.
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