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A 29-year-old female asked:

Why does hpv causes cancer where herpes for example doesn't? what makes it more dangerous when both are stds & viruses? will i get rid of hpv16 ever??

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Your HPV will clear: HPV and herpes are different viruses. Not every virus causes the same health problems as others. Neither herpes nor HPV is very dangerous, and it isn't sexual transmission that makes anything dangerous. Most HPV infections (type 16 and others) are cleared by the immune system over 1-2 years and do not cause cancer. People tend to get freaked because of association with sex, but there's no need.

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