HPV: An Updated Guide to Treatment and Prevention

Jennifer A. Wilson, PharmD, BCACP; Rashi C. Waghel, PharmD, BCACP


US Pharmacist. 2015;40(9):HS-22--24. 

In This Article

General Patient Education and Counseling Points

Patients should be educated that HPV infections often recur regardless of treatment method utilized, especially in the first few months.[2,3] When using self-applied treatment methods, patients should wash their hands before and after administration of any therapy to avoid further spreading of infection. Once diagnosed, patients with genital warts should be counseled to contact all recent sexual partners. All sexual partners can benefit from general STI screening.[4] Patients with active warts should abstain from sexual activity until the warts have resolved. Surgical removal of warts can be considered in pregnant women, though efficacy is not well established. The CDC does not currently recommend podofilox or sinecatechins during pregnancy (imiquimod may be low risk). Overall, the CDC recommends avoiding drug therapy during pregnancy until more data are available.[1] If precancerous lesions are detected, further follow-up is necessary to determine the appropriate course of action.