A 25-year-old female asked:
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what does it mean for immune system to clear hpv infection?like hsv1, life long latency & recurrent symptoms?or completely eradicates virus from body?

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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Termanology: One could look to the example of a strain of HPV that causes genital warts. Many get treatment or have them removed,but some will clear spontaneously within a few years. The virus can remain within the tissues and emerge at some point in the future. HPV like HSV is a member of a family of viruses you tend to keep for a lifetime.
Answered on May 4, 2017
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Dr. Usha Mukhytar
26 years experience Gynecology
May or may not: body produces antibodies wich fight and try to destroy the virus they donot always succeed
Answered on Aug 18, 2016
Dr. Zachary Veres
18 years experience Family Medicine
HPV: Usually life long latency. But your body can clear it and for instance abnormal pap smears can normalize over time leading someone to think that the immune system has eradicated the virus
Answered on May 23, 2018
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