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They cause warts.[1] Some of them may cause cancer. There are over 100 different virus types in this group. About 30 virus types can be transmitted sexually. About 12-15 can cause cancer.

A first step in treatment is the use of salicylic acid. This is available in pharmacies, usually without a prescription. If this does not help, the wart can be frozen, and destroyed that way, or a laser can be used to destroy it. If this still does not help, different methods of chemotherapy can be used.

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  1. Gordon, Marsha; Alice E. Fugate The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beautiful Skin Penguin Group 1998 page 192