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how long can hpv survive outside the body

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HPV: Not long. If you are concerned about transmission of this virus by other than direct person to person contact this is very very unlikely. If you are ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Doesn't matter: You're asking the wrong question. It doesn't matter whether HPV survives away from the body, on clothing, on a surface, etc. Contact with these things ... Read More
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Contact/indoor virus: HPV is a virus that is infectious when in direct contact with a warm mucous membrane or inside the body itself. It does not survive "outdoors" on clot ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
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May be forever...: HPV virus is not a viable agent, but a specially structured DNA particle, called HPV virion and may exist everywhere in its inactive phase. To become ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Heb B: Although not considered by some as an STI, Hepatitis B can and is transmitted sexually, as are several other less known problems. This virus is hardy ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Possibly 1 week. : A 1997 study in the journal of infectious disease demonstrated that hpv-16 showed 100%, 50%, and 30% of infectivity when dehydrated on a surface for 1 ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Berryman
53 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
HPV ?'s: HPV is occasionally eradicated by one's immune system, but this varies between individuals, so it may remain for years.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: That depends. It may never rid the body of hpv.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varies: About 80% of those who contract hpv have cleared if by 1 year after getting it. By three years about 90% have cleared it. About 10% of people will n ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe never: Some will clear the virus in a few years but it can also remain hidden and shed intermittently at a future date.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No transmission risk: HPV has never been known to have been transmitted by clothing, toilet seats, or the other things you mention. Soap would kill it instantly. And I'm no ... Read More

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