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If HPV can lie dormant for up to 20 years, does the gardasil HPV vaccine prevent it from ever appearing?

If HPV can lie dormant for up to 20 years, does the gardasil HPV vaccine prevent it from ever appearing?

No it won't: Hpv /gardasil prevents the infection of the body with two important high risk strands of the virus (out of 100 there are 10 high risk strands). You need to get the vaccination prior to exposure to the virus strand. Once it is in your body the vaccination does not prevent it from becoming active. A decreased immune system could activate it so try to live healthy! ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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I'm 52, married over 26 years and recently diagnosed with positive HPV, negative pap. I've never had a positive pap. Does HPV lie dormant?

I'm 52, married over 26 years and recently diagnosed with positive HPV, negative pap. I've never had a positive pap. Does HPV lie dormant?

It can: Unfortunately, if you have never been tested for hpv before, the hpv could have been acquired any time from the first moment you became sexually active until recently. Not all people with hpv will develop cervical cellular abnormalities so your history of normal pap smears does not solve the dilemma. For more information www. Askyourgynecologist. Org. ...Read more

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Once the HPV virus cleared up by the immune system will be only dormant? After years or so if the immunity compromised the virus will be active again?

Once the HPV virus cleared up by the immune system will be only dormant? After years or so if the immunity compromised the virus will be active again?

Dormant: HPV comes from a family of viruses that can remain dormant in your system for your lifetime. It can possibly re-activate, and you can shed virus without knowing it. However, for most this is just a possibility, not an expected outcome. ...Read more

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Does being exposed to new strain of HPV mean your partner has HPV? Hpv dormant two years....Used a condom

Does being exposed to new strain of HPV mean your partner has HPV? Hpv dormant two years....Used a condom

Hello.: Hello. If it is in fact a new strain (not a recurrence) than it would have to be transmitted from someone. If you have been monogamous, then it may well have come from your partner (unless you had an infected partner previously). Even if a condom is used, some small lesions which aren't readily visible, can still come in contact with skin which isn't covered by the condom. ...Read more

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Can genital warts come back after having protected sex with someone? Hpv was dormant for two years. No warts. Until protected sex with a new partner....

Can genital warts come back after having protected sex with someone? Hpv was dormant for two years. No warts. Until protected sex with a new partner....

HPV: Hpv is caused by a virus. I suggest that rather than them coming back, you have a recurrance. As dr fowler points out, there are many strains of virus and you could become infected with a new strain. When you have them removed, you only have the warts that are visual removed. Some warts are invisible even with a careful exam and colposcopy.

I suggest that you discuss this situation with your physician, who may have information about the previous hpv that could help answer your questions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed HPV a year ago, inadequate paps. Dr said none of the cancerous strains. How will I know if it's dormant? If it IS, will it infect othe

I was diagnosed HPV a year ago, inadequate paps. Dr said none of the cancerous strains. How will I know if it's dormant? If it IS, will it infect othe

Follow up needed: You need to be vigilant in obtaining your continuing pap smears, and if there is a change act on It immediately if there is progression from it's current stage. ...Read more

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If HPV is dormant in cervix, is it also dormant in mouth and anus squamous regions? Diagnosed with HPV March this year. Don't know much about it.

If HPV is dormant in cervix, is it also dormant in mouth and anus squamous regions? Diagnosed with HPV March this year. Don't know much about it.

Very complex issues: Most women with cervical HPV have it only there. Anal HPV is most common in the receptive partners in anal sex; these probably are the only ones at substantial risk of anal cancer. Oral HPV is one fifth as frequent as genital. Both sites apparently can be infected indirectly, without direct sexual exposure. At any site, immunity clears most infections, but HPV DNA may persist ("dormant"). ...Read more

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Can men die of HPV if it lies dormant?

Can men die of HPV if it lies dormant?

HPV can cause cancer: Hpv infections an cause genital warts or even cancer, although this isn't likely. Any persistent sores should prompt a visit to a dr. The hpv vaccine can help lower the risks of warts, female cancers (vaginal, vulvar, cervical), male cancers (penis, anus) and oral cancers. ...Read more

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Hpv has been a topic in our biology syllabus. I have heard that HPV lies dormant in 80% of the global population but it not expressed. True / false?

Hpv has been a topic in our biology syllabus. I have heard that HPV lies dormant in 80% of the global population but it not expressed. True / false?

Simplistic: There are dozens of different strains of hpv. Almost everybody has met one or another of the strains that cause skin warts. Here's hoping that either you do not meet the strains that cause cancer of the penis, or if you do meet ig, that you don't develop it, or if you do develop it, that you get the lesions excised before it can hurt you badly. ...Read more

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Can dormant HPV be spread?

Can dormant HPV be spread?

Yes, but...: Yes, but the type of hpv that causes abnormal pap smears in women doesn't cause any untoward symtpoms for men. Also, there is no testing in men for that particular type of hpv. For women, the relevant testing is the pap smear or an hpv dna test of the cervix. ...Read more

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Some docs say HPV (warts) is completely cleared by the body eventually. Others say never-it lies dormant. So what's the verdict? Dormant or cleared?

Some docs say HPV (warts) is completely cleared by the body eventually. Others say never-it lies dormant. So what's the verdict? Dormant or cleared?

Both: Some people will completely clear the virus. In others it will lay dormant just above the basement membrane in the cell layers. You can not predict who this will happen to or do anything to change it other than avoiding smoking which decreases the risk of clearing the virus. Unless you are having manifestations of hpv the presence of the virus is not something to focus on. ...Read more

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What happens if you contract the HPV virus, does it lay dormant forever?

Possible. ..: Contacting HPV may not necessarily contract it. Contracting it does mean you will have clinical appearance of wart lesion, but may become its carrier. This situation reflects the balance of the infectivity of the HPV subtype you contracted and host (you) immune defense ability. While disliking to hear such uncertainty, this is the life reality yet we have to face and deal with. More? Ask Doc. ... ...Read more

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6yrs back my pap and hpv was negative. Does it mean I didn't have it or it could be dormant?

Please explain: If you had a blood test that showed no antibodies to HPV, you had not been infected with the strains they tested for. A negative pap just means there is no detected abnormality at that time. ...Read more

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When an HPV infection is cleared by the body, is it 100% gone or does it just go dormant? Do any traces of it remain?

See answer: It is a very good question. For most people it appears that the immune system ultimately succeeds in clearing the virus from the body or that the virus is suppressed below our current ability to detect it. It is unknown what proportion of hpv infections go latent, nor what proportions are truly cleared by the body. ...Read more

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I am a male. How long can hpv remain dormant (i.e. not contagious) in my system before becoming active and contagious?

I am a male. How long can hpv remain dormant (i.e. not contagious) in my system before becoming active and contagious?

It varies for each: Person. We don't know why HPV becomes active in certain people and not in others, but there is no way to predict whether it will cause warts on your genitals or not. A very important thing to remember is that as long as you have HPV, you can still transmit it, even if you don't have visible warts. That's why doctor's recommend condom use and the HPV vaccine for sexually active men and women. ...Read more

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Does the HPV virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? I have been with only 2ppl in my life I am a WRECK :, (Plz help me

Does the HPV virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? I have been with only 2ppl in my life I am a WRECK :, (Plz help me

Label confusion: HPV is a family of dozens of virus strains that includes the common skin wart. It also includes 9 strains that are known to cause genital infections, 2 wart strains and 7 associated with cervical cancer. Having HPV doesn't make you unique. Women have been getting pap smears for decades for early detection/treatment of the HPV associated cancer. It just may make you more likely to do your follow up ...Read more

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Does the hpv virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? Just made an appt after getting a letter, I am a WRECK!!! :, (also just had baby 12-30-14. Is she at risk as well???

Does the hpv virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? Just made an appt after getting a letter, I am a WRECK!!! :, (also just had baby 12-30-14. Is she at risk as well???

Depends: If you are discussing visible 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. Infants can develop genital warts if mom was actively shedding at delivery. ...Read more

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Does high risk HPV be spread in the dormant stage?

Yes.: Some people (especially men, but also some women) can be 'carriers' of hpv and not have warty lesions or precancerous changes that are visible to the eye. These 'silent carriers' may spread the human papillomavirus to sexual partners without knowing that they carry the virus. ...Read more

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What is the likely that I transmit and give HPV if I don't have CIN (infection)? How do I know that it's dormant??

What is the likely that I transmit and give HPV if I don't have CIN (infection)? How do I know that it's dormant??

Hard to say/ can't: People can spread HPV during any period when they are shedding the virus. People can shed intermittently or go dormant and never pass it. No one can know for sure when or if they are shedding virus. ...Read more

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When HPV leaves the body & Pap test is negative, does it mean it's 100% gone? Or is it dormant? How is detected and assured that it's gone completely?

Continue Pap screen: HPV is not something you need to worry about unless it causes dysplasia (precancerous lesions) which you will catch early if you do your regular Pap screening. Once you're negative for the virus, avoid unprotected sex with potentially infected men ...Read more

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Can HPV lie dormant f. 29 yr before becoming anal cancer?

Can HPV lie dormant f. 29 yr before becoming anal cancer?

Yes: Yes hpv often lies dormant. That is, people encounter the virus when they are young and then normal paps, or no evidence of lesion, until one has an abnormal pap or a lesion in older age. If this question is regarding you, your doctor should be able to tell whether your cancer is related to anal cancer, as not all anal cancers are due to hpv. ...Read more

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How long can the human papilloma virus lay dormant?

How long can the human papilloma virus lay dormant?

Varies: Once cells are invaded by hpv, a latency (quiet) period of months to years may occur. The exact incubation time is unknown, but most investigators believe the incubation period is 3 months. It is now known that some hpv infections are actually transient and temporary, and that the body may actually eliminate the virus successfully. This is most likely when infected at a young age. ...Read more

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Negative biopsy, gynaecologist says that the HPV virus is there but it is not doing anything. Is HPV completely dormant in all parts of my body?

No: The HPV virus does not reside in all parts of your body, instead it tends to reside in the junctions where one cell type turns into another, one of which is the cervix which is pretty much the junction between the vagina and the uterus. You will still need to get pap smears, though it is not impossible for your body to clear the virus on its own. ...Read more

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Why do people/doctors say HPV can sometimes clear up on its own? Don't they mean HPV can lay dormant. Viruses never just go away! Can't rid a virus.

HPV can go away: Hpv is a common virus that most of us are exposed to by virtue of being human beings who are sexually active. It is an issue when it causes genital warts and pre-cancerous changes of the cervix. It is possible for the virus to lay dormant in the areas where exposure occurred, but it can also be cleared. Your chances of clearing the virus are better if you do not smoke! ...Read more

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HPV may be eradicated by AHCC supplements. Does this mean a permanent eradication or making it dormant if abnormal pap? Or more testing needed?

No evidence: There is no evidence whatsoever that any supplements have any effect on HPV "eradication." Until some evidence is produced, assume it is complete BS. Good wishes. ...Read more

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If I have hpv, should I abstain from sex with my husband until it's dormant? Do I have to wait until my pap smears are normal again to get pregnant?

NO Get it treated: Now, get your husband checked if he is also infected, speak to your doctor, and also for hpv vaccine (for other three sub types., at 26 you may be a candidate ...Read more

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Took prednisone for one week could that have activated a dormant hpv so now I have cin 1?

Not in a week: It is true that steroids decrease the immune system making one more susceptible to HPV but this takes place over long periods of time - months. One week of steroids would not do it. ...Read more