A 25-year-old male asked:
if someone tests positive for hpv can you get the vaccine(or something else) and have it completely ridded from ur body?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Kathleen Hands answered
66 years experience Endocrinology
HPV Chronic: vaccine needs to be given before first sexual encounter by several months so immunity can be obtained. Once you have the infection it tends to be a chronic infection and there are certain strains which can lead to malignancy. Use barrier protection if you have not had vaccine. Tell your sexual partner you have HPV so they can protect themselves.
Answered on May 25, 2015
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not at all: HPV is a family containing dozens of DNA virus strains, many of which infect genital tissue. The HPV is well known for its potential to remain in your body forever in hibernation after it initially clears in 2-3 years. It can and does reactivate in some. Any vaccine must be taken weeks before exposure to prevent infection and none will kill the germ after you have it.
Answered on Dec 20, 2017
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