As of 2015, there is no cure for human papillomavirus; however, the infection often clears by itself, according to WebMD. When treatment is necessary patients have many options, most of which focus on the infection symptoms. HPV infections are very common in the United States, affecting approximately 20 million people.
A person who tests positive for HPV does not automatically require treatment. The HPV virus is not treatable, but cervical HPV infections resolve on their own within two years of being detected in most women, reports WebMD. A woman infected with a potentially cancer-causing HPV may need repeated Pap tests or a colposcopy to monitor possible abnormal cell changes in the cervix. There is no test for cancer-causing HPV in men.