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Is HPV curable?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that there is no cure for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, although there are treatments for the complications it may cause. According to HealthlineNews, a pre-clinical trial using shiitake mushroom extract shows promise in curing HPV in mice, but additional experimentation is necessary.

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HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that currently affects 79 million Americans, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the CDC points out that many people do not know that they have HPV and do not develop or experience symptoms from it, while some only discover that they have HPV when they develop genital warts. Women can find out that they have HPV during a routine Pap smear test.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are over a hundred types of HPV and not all cause health issues. The FDA states that women can get an HPV test for the kind of HPV that leads to cervical cancer if they are over 30 years old.

Individuals can also lower their risk for getting the human papillomavirus by practicing abstinence and limiting the number of sexual partners that each person in a sexual relationship has. The HPV vaccine is recommended for children ages 11 or 12 to protect them from HPV before they are exposed to it, adds the CDC.

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