Is there a vaccine for genital warts?
The HPV vaccine can protect against certain types of HPV, including the ones that cause genital warts and certain cancers. There are more than 100 different types of HPV . Even if you already have the type of HPV that causes genital warts, the vaccine could still protect you from other strains.
Recent CDC and FDA guidance recommends that men and women up to 45 years of age get vaccinated to protect against HPV. HPV is the most common STD and can cause certain cancers and genital warts. More than 14 million new HPV infections occur in the US each year. Vaccination starts as early as age 9 ( most people initiate between age 11-12 years)
How can I prevent genital warts?
If you’re sexually active, you can take these steps to protect yourself from getting or spreading HPV, genital warts and other STDs:
- Use condoms.
- Get the HPV vaccine.
- Get routine testing and any needed treatment for STDs.
- Tell your sexual partners if you have HPV or genital warts so they can get tested and treated.
- Be monogamous with one sexual partner or limit your number of partners.