A 30-year-old female asked:
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Will i have HPV for life? I am 24 years old with genital warts and a recent LGSIL pap smear. Will my boyfriend of 6 months get the virus too?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
No, not for life: The immune system clears HPV, although it can take up to 2 years. You can assume your BF has already been infected and even might be the source of your infection (you'll never know). Probably he'll never have symptoms, but should keep an eye out for warts. LSIL is mild; you are at low risk for a serious problem. Follow your doc's advice, and also speak with her about HPV vaccination.
Answered on Sep 16, 2016
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
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I missed that you were diagnosed with warts as well as LSIL. Sorry. About two thirds of sex partners of people with genital warts get visible warts themselves, so your partner definitely should be on the lookout for them. Presumably you are on treatment for your warts, right?
Jan 28, 2015

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