How can I minimize the risk of getting infected with HPV?

The only way to minimize the risk of getting infected by HPV is sexual abstinence. Condoms offer rather good protection, since HPV, like other sexually transmitted diseases are transferred through exchange of body fluids. It is recommended to get immunized against the two most important cancer-causing strains HPV16 and HPV18 as early as possible (the German STIKO now recommends immunization from the age of 9 – 13). But even if immunized, you should continue participating in screening programs.