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A 43-year-old female asked:

Is it true hpv can clear itself? positive for 15 yrs, paps still normal. only one partner past 15 yrs. can he have it and be reinfecting me? confused

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Clearing/hibernating: HPV is a family of virus strains that can have an initial active period before they clear & go dormant or "hibernate" within an infected person indefinitely. Those strains affiliated with genital warts may respond to treatments or seem to clear, only to emerge again later. Non-wart strains associated with cancer can shed intermittently and emerge decades later with precancerous changes.

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