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how long can the human papilloma virus lay dormant?

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Dr. Hector Chapa
24 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varies: Once cells are invaded by hpv, a latency (quiet) period of months to years may occur. The exact incubation time is unknown, but most investigators believe the incubation period is 3 months. It is now known that some hpv infections are actually transient and temporary, and that the body may actually eliminate the virus successfully. This is most likely when infected at a young age.
Answered on Feb 15, 2019
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