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A 32-year-old male asked:

what health problems does hpv cause? and can one partner have hpv and the other never get infected even if they have unprotected intercourse?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
HPV transmission: The answer is yes, but the virus of HPV is also transmitted when the lesions are not detectable, so even though a partner does not show actual evidence of infection, he/she most likely has the virus. In women, HPV can produce cancer (also rarely in men), so regular checkups (with blood tests) are advisable.

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What are the long-term complications of hpv?

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How long could HPV be in your system before you test positive?

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Does HPV stay in your sustem forever?

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