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A 34-year-old member asked:

can there be a way to get rid of hpv forever?

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Dr. Wendy Askew
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Not reliably: Depends on where it is (in the cervix, in the skin of the vulva, etc). If you had a leep procedure that removed the abnormal cells, then it would be possible to remove the abnormal cells (with hpv) but impossible to know for sure.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: This depends on how you define having hpv. The virus has active and dormant phases. If you are discussing the active phase, like genital warts, these often eventually go away or respond to treatments.However, the virus is from a family of viruses well known for going dormant in the host body with the potential for recurrence.You tend to have it forever, but it may never return to an active state.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

How can I build my immune system to get rid of hpv?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Stop smoking: We don't know the best way to help your body clear an hpv infection--aside from getting the hpv vaccine (gardasil) and not smoking. I encourage patients to eat dark green, leafy vegetables and brightly colored fruits and veggies--they are usually higher in anti-oxidant levels. Smoking definitely hinders your ability to fight an hpv infection.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of hpv?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Nothing: Most people recover from hpv naturally, like recovering from other viral infections. However, if the infection persists, there are no good interventions to get rid of the virus. If you are a woman, it is very important that you have regular check ups and pap examinations. A vaccine is available to prevent common types of hpv infections.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
80% of women clear the virus within 1 year, and 90% have cleared it by 3 years. 10% may not clear the HPV, they are at highest risk for complications like cervical cancer.
Feb 12, 2012
A 20-year-old male asked:

To supportmy immunesystem andget rid of HPV i justwant it gone i thinkabout it all dayeveryday myselfesteem went to 0 i stay home whatshouldieatortake?

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Dr. Randolph Wong
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Law of Attraction: You are unconsciously supporting what you don't want as you "thinkabout it all dayeveryday" thus further weakening your immune system. May i suggest you focus on that period of time before you noticed the hpv? Identify with your healthy self, free of hpv, and use this visualization to replace the disturbing thoughts that are stressing your health. You could be free of the hpv within a week!
A 18-year-old female asked:

I need to get rid of HPV cin1 asap. How can I do this?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Immune booster: Learn about boosting your immune system. Good nutrition, rest, low stress, sleep and exercise. Get the hpv vaccine. Use condoms. Take extra vitamin c and folic acid. Don't smoke.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

What is hpv? How do you get it? How do you get rid of it?

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Dr. Brandon Bourgeous
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
It is a virus that: Infects skin cells. It is also an std--is transmitted by sex. There are 100+ strains. Some infect the cervix --cause pre-cancer/cancer. Some infect the throat, anus or penis --cause pre-cancer/cancer. Infections are cleared by your immune system. Smoking or immunity problems slow this down. Persistent infections lead to pre-cancer or cancer. Vaccines, less partners & no smoking all help.

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