A 29-year-old female asked:
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if you were diagnosed with hpv in your 20's and still have cancer causing hpv in 30's and abnormal paps does this mean you have a weak immune system?

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Dr. RAJESH Sehgal
21 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: No.
Answered on Oct 12, 2013
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
30 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
To some extent: The immune system is responsible for clearing infections from the body, including hpv. If you had hov in your 20's, it may have been cleared and your current problem is a new infection. If your body has not cleared the hpv you had in your 20's , then your immune system may lack the ability to eradicate that particular infection. If that is the case, then your risk for cervical cancer is higher.
Answered on Jan 30, 2014
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