A 21-year-old female asked:
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whats the difference between symptoms for strep throat and oropharyngeal cancer from hpv? can your immune system fight off all hpv after 1-2 yrs?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No symptoms from HPV: Pharyngeal cancer due to HPV is thousands of times rarer than strep throat. It doens't occur at age 21, rarely shows up before 50. Oral HPV and throat cancer cause no symptoms -- no pain, no sore throat, nothing; so strep symptoms are never HPV. And yes: the immune system usually cures HPV, either genital or oral, within 1-2 years. Most important: if not yet vaccinated against HPV, do it now.
Answered on Aug 23, 2015

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