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I was recently diagnosed with genital warts and HPV. I\'m waiting on my topical prescription for the warts and will be getting the vaccine soon to prevent any other kinds of HPV. I read that there was something you could take everyday to stop the spread of HPV. Is that true and if so, what is it called? Also, I read that your immune system can most of the time fight off HPV. What can I do to help strengthen my immune system to help that process? And can clindamycin help with the warts or hpv in any way and will clindamycin affect my immune system? I will be going back about every 6 months to get a pap smear and an HPV test to see it if ever does go away.

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replied March 13th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. Though there are many different types of HPV, only a few can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers. Four types of HPV cause the majority of genital warts (types 6 and 11) and most cases of cervical cancer (types 16 and 1Cool.

Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected making it hard to know when you first became infected.

FYI - Antibiotics (including clindamycin) are useless here as they do not kill viruses.

There is currently no medical cure to eliminate the HPV virus, but only measures to treat the conditions that it result in. Most cases of HPV infection are asymptomatic and do not need any form of treatment.

Treatment depends on the type of HPV virus you have contracted. If you have contracted the low risk types of HPV that cause genital warts, the warts can be removed with treatment at home or at your physician's office. If you have contracted high risk types of HPV that cause cervical, anal or other genital cancer, the treatment will depend on the stage of development at the time of diagnosis.

Your doctor might prescribe you Imiquimod cream, which can be effective in stimulating the immune system, and preventing further development of warts.

HPV can be spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex (less risk than the others). Hence it would be recommended that you take appropriate precautions to avoid the spread of the infection to others.

I hope this helps.
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