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  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Vaccine Recommendations

Will patients who have already had genital warts benefit from receiving HPV vaccine?

A history of genital warts or clinically evident genital warts indicates previous infection with HPV, most often type 6 or 11 which cause 90% of genital warts. However, people with this history might not have been infected with both HPV 6 and 11 or with the other HPV types included in HPV vaccine. Vaccination will provide protection against infection with HPV serotypes the patient has not already acquired. Providers should advise their patients/clients that the vaccine will not have a therapeutic effect on existing HPV infection or genital warts. It is important, however, that patients receive a full age-appropriate series of HPV vaccine to get full protection from genital warts, in addition to the cancer-causing HPV types in the vaccine.

Last reviewed: October 13, 2023

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