A 27-year-old male asked:
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what are the chances of hpv human papillomavirus clearing on its own in someone's system (i.e a 27year old male) who has abstained for 7years since..?

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Dr. Hiro Kiguchi
9 years experience Pediatrics
Good chance: There is about a 70-90% chance that the immune system can clear the virus. If he notices symptoms (genital warts), he probably still has the virus. Condoms will reduce the infection rate to his partner, but it is not 100%, since it is transmitted from skin to skin, even through oral sex. Having the partner be vaccinated (as long as they're under age 26), would also reduce transmission.
Answered on Feb 22, 2018
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
The potential for infecting partners in the future should not be a serious concern. Since genital HPV is so common (virtually everyone gets it, often several times), for most persons who have had typical sex lives, sex with one more past-infected partner makes no important difference in risk. All young people should be vaccinated and women follow pap guidelines -- then no worries!
Feb 22, 2018

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