Which treatment is most effective in eradicating genital warts in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Overall, physical destruction or excision has been more effective in eradicating genital warts than medical therapy. Recurrences are common due to the virus residing in the basal layer of the epidermis in a latent state. Retreatment is frequently necessary. Recurrence of HPV disease is less common after surgical treatment compared with medical therapy, but the rate remains relatively high (25-55%).


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