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A 31-year-old female asked:

I have had cervical hpv for 5 years (same partner, so same strain). can it clear up after all these years, or will i likely have this forever? (i attend regular screenings and colposcopy 2 years ago was clear)?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Once HPV is present, its DNA may persist and may be intermittently detectable. But eventually testing almost always becomes negative. Follow your doctor's advice about follow-up.

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