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A 24-year-old male asked:

So if hpv stays in your body forever, what the heck do people with the cancerous strains do? wait to get cancer? seems horrible

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Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Immune system: The healthy immune system does an excellent job of keeping the virus in check so just a healthy life-style will give you the best protection. For those who don't have the virus, the vaccine helps prevent this worry. Hope this helps.
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Last updated Feb 15, 2015

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