While there is currently no cure for human papillomavirus (HPV), most HPV infections will go away on their own without causing any health problems. In fact, the majority of people who contract HPV do not experience any symptoms and never know they were infected.
However, some types of HPV can cause genital warts or lead to the development of certain cancers, such as cervical, anal, or throat cancer. These more serious health problems are much less common, and there are treatments available to manage them, such as surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
Preventative measures such as the HPV vaccine and safe sex practices can also greatly reduce the risk of contracting HPV and developing associated health problems.