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A 25-year-old female asked:

What does it mean for immune system to clear hpv infection?like hsv1, life long latency & recurrent symptoms?or completely eradicates virus from body?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Termanology: One could look to the example of a strain of HPV that causes genital warts. Many get treatment or have them removed,but some will clear spontaneously within a few years. The virus can remain within the tissues and emerge at some point in the future. HPV like HSV is a member of a family of viruses you tend to keep for a lifetime.
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Dr. Usha Mukhytar
Gynecology 28 years experience
May or may not: body produces antibodies wich fight and try to destroy the virus they donot always succeed
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Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 20 years experience
HPV: Usually life long latency. But your body can clear it and for instance abnormal pap smears can normalize over time leading someone to think that the immune system has eradicated the virus
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Last updated Feb 4, 2019

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