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HPV Update
Mar 16, 2014

Dear Dr. Young, I had three treatments to rid my body of HPV in 2003; any updates on exposure and treatment?

Regards, Lee

Response from Dr. Young

Hello Lee and thanks for posting.

There's been a lot of increased knowledge about HPV since 2003- including the availability of vaccines that can prevent HPV infection in the first place. These vaccines are generally recommended for adolescents and young adults but not for older adults, since the likelihood of already having infection is greater.

The treatments for HPV have been largely unchanged in the past years, though what is clear is the benefit of continuing to get routine monitoring, as people living with HIV are at greater risk than uninfected persons for having a range of HPV-related complications, including cervical and anal cancer. So, if you've not had a screen for HPV (ie., cervical or anal PAP smear), this would be recommended.

Hope that helps, BY



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