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A 35-year-old female asked:

can hpv 16 go away on its own? had leep for severe dysplasia. recent pap showed borderline changes and hpv 16 again. (pap was 2 mnths ago, leep year

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
No, it can't.: Unfortunately, once you get hpv type 16 or other, it can't get out of your system. That's why pap smears are done every year on women who are sexually active or have reached 18 years of age. It's also why vaccination has been developed. So it's a good idea to keep getting your paps and biopsies if needed.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
The HPV16 will not go away but the precancerous lesions that it causes may regress; I am glad that you were treated with a good result.
Mar 20, 2013

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