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A 31-year-old female asked:

can hpv go away on its own?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
HPV: Most such infections clear spontaneously, although those strains that do not have the potential (depending upon which ones you have) to lead to malignancies.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes and no: The primary infection will usually clear in those with a normal immune system within 2 years. However, the HPV family of virus strains is well known for hibernating in your system for decades. The cancers associated with many strains are not part of the initial infection but may show up years or decades later.Knowing you have had it can motivate you to have you pap smears done on schedule.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
No: Hpv can be in your skin and there is no visible wart.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Some subtypes : Can go away spontaneously.
Dr. Stanley Weiss
Medical Oncology 43 years experience
Often spontaneously: Human papillomavirus - hpv - isnow very common among young adults in the usa, with over 100 different sub-types known. In many persons, it spontaneously disappears entirely. In some, it persists and can lead to dysplasia (abnormal cells) or cancer. Other sub-types are associated with warts. A health care professional can provide treatment that can help specific lesions resolve.

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Does HPV go away over time?

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Can HPV ever go away for good.

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Dr. Kevin Brown
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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Does HPV ever go away?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Might,however: The HPV represent a family of dozens of virus strains that have a pattern of staying within an infected host forever. For some that have easily recognized features like the warts, it is obvious when they become inactive.(disappear) However, they also may reappear years later. Some strains may never come out of their hiding places, but I always assume they could. Some probably never do.
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A 27-year-old female asked:

Does the HPV go away within time?

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Dr. B Tandan
Dr. B Tandan answered
Urology 34 years experience
No: can be managed with meds

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