How is human papillomavirus (HPV) infection prevented?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Inform patients that genital HPV is an STD and that the only way to prevent HPV infection is to avoid direct contact with the virus, which is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Instruct them to use condoms with vaginal, anal, or oral sex because the virus may be found in the semen in the absence of visible warts. Remind them that latex condoms offer some, but not complete, protection from transmission.


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