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How long is it supposed to it take for the immune system to rid the body of hpv?

How long is it supposed to it take for the immune system to rid the body of hpv?

Primary/long term: Primary clearance usually occurs within 2-3 years. However, this family of viruses is well known to have the ability to hibernate in your tissues for your lifetime. You can have recurrent warts (if that is your strain) or the cancer associated strains could trigger changes decades later. You may also shed active virus intermittently.

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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If my husband has hpv, can his immune system rid itself of it or is it lifelong?

If my husband has hpv, can his immune system rid itself of it or is it lifelong?

Yes and NO: Yes the immune system will clear HPV in of 90% of people. And no, for that 90% it is not lifelong. The other 10% are the ones that are at increased risk for HPV related dysplasia / cancer - many of that 10% will be able to clear the infection with treatment using immune system modulating medications.

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What to do if I read that the immune system can rid the body of HPV on its own, how long does that take?

What to do if I read that the immune system can rid the body of HPV on its own, how long does that take?

Varies: About 80% of those who contract hpv have cleared if by 1 year after getting it. By three years about 90% have cleared it. About 10% of people will not be able to cleaf the virus, or it will take longer than 3 years.

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Why do some people "clear/suppress" pre-cancerous HPV while others do not? Is their immune system stronger/healthier?

Why do some people "clear/suppress" pre-cancerous HPV while others do not? Is their immune system stronger/healthier?

We don't know: I do hpv research (looking at the specific parts of the immune system and their responce to hpv) and the truth is no one knows why some people clear/suppress the virus while others don't. Regarding cervical dysplagia cin1 (lsil) approximately 1/3 of women have a future pap smear that is normal, 1/3 keep the cin1 (lsil), and 1/3 progress to cin2 (hsil).

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If HPV is possitive for two couple can the immune system clear it of or it makes it harder because they are sharing hpv?

If HPV is possitive for two couple can the immune system clear it of or it makes it harder because they are sharing hpv?

Its a virus: HPV is a virus & in asymptomatic people, it can go unrecognized. Treatment is geared toward the symptoms (genital warts or cervical cancer) when present but not for the virus itself. Like any virus, it clears up on its own; however, recurrent exposure increases the chances of developing symptoms over time.

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If I strengthen my immune system will this assist. In ridding hpv?

If I strengthen my immune system will this assist. In ridding hpv?

No: But it can make it more likely to be dormant and less of an issue.

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How do I boost my immune system. I have r/a & hpv...R/a mess decrease immune system.

Not logical: Ra is a condition in which the immune system is hyperactive and attacks your own body. Treatment for this usually involves medication that supresses the immune system. You should hook up with a good rheumatologist and get on a proper regiment to avoid the complications of ra.

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Can a male immune system eradicate HPV such that they would not be a carrier afterward?

Can a male immune system eradicate HPV such that they would not be a carrier afterward?

24 months: It's interesting that you ask: just to double check myself I checked the cdc. Gov and the webmed. Com websites and did not find an answer. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men. Htm sciencenews. Org did provide an answer: the median clearance time is 7.5 months, but it can take up to 24 months (based on a study). It is probably a good idea to give it 3 years, before assuming to be free.

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

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

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.

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If my immune system is strong enough can I get rid of HPV?

Yes: In young women at age 21, this is almost always what happens. It's just a very small percentage of woman who become chronic carriers for the virus. One of the most important factors is smoking so quit if you smoke. Eat a diet high in fresh fruits & vegetables. Usually the virus will be gone within 3 years but in many women much faster, even as quickly as 3 months.

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Thank you, but I heard steroid can suppress immune system and hpv can get triggered? .

Thank you, but I heard steroid can suppress immune system and hpv can get triggered? .

High doses only: On with quite high doses for a long time, i.e. the steroid doses used for chemotherapy and very serious immune disorders. Even then, recurrent HPV is uncommon.

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Since they say HPV can clear most people affected...I am young with a steong immune system why was the virus not fought off?

HPV: Viruses are very difficult to clear. Many, such as hpv, lay dormant in the nerve cells of our body. Then something triggers their re-activation. You will always have positive antibodies to hpv since you have been exposed.

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What vitamins to take to boost immune system for hpv?

What vitamins to take to boost immune system for hpv?

No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet.

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Help can cryotherapy make the immune system wake up and suppress the HPV virus?

Help can cryotherapy make the immune system wake up and suppress the HPV virus?

Here are some. ..: Cryo is to destroy or de-naturalize the cells within a lesion such as tumors with liquid argon or warts with liquid nitrogen. After such procedure, the targeted tissues are so destroyed or de-naturalized to become not good enough to act as an agent to incite immune response. So, I doubt cyro will do what you asked. Nonetheless, behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we don't know.

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How is it that immune system can get rid of HPV in body and can't for Herpes? Isn't HPV more harmful and complex than Herpes? What's the difference?

How is it that immune system can get rid of HPV in body and can't for Herpes? Isn't HPV more harmful and complex than Herpes? What's the difference?

Good question: The body's defense systems combats infection to eradicate from the human body, a complex interaction between the host (the body) and the invading orgsnism usually is the case, in case of Herpes, the virus remains dormant, undetected by the immne system radar in some cells and some nerve roots, once body resistance wanes for a reason or another it flares up until the body fights it back

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What's the best food for immune system? Will supplements help boost it too? I want to boost mine to fight HPV asap. I want to be HPV free soon. How??

What's the best food for immune system? Will supplements help boost it too? I want to boost mine to fight HPV asap. I want to be HPV free soon. How??

Not proven effective: Many "non-medical" supplements, foods, herbs, and techniques are claimed to "boost" the immune system, but none have been proven effective. The immune system is complex, and "boosting" it to make it act stronger is not always a good thing. In conditions like arthritis, thyroid disease, diabetes type 1, lupus, eczema, etc..., the immune system is over-acting and damaging the patient's own organs.

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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?

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.

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I've had my spleen removed so naturally I have a weakened immune system. Can my HPV get worst?

I've had my spleen removed so naturally I have a weakened immune system. Can my HPV get worst?

No: Your spleen is involved with protection against bacterial infections, especially serious infections of the blood called sepsis. Hpv is a chronic viral infection. The cells needed to fight this infection, lymphocytes, are not depleted by splenectomy.

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I know that HPV can leave the body in few years with immune system. What STDs also can leave the body & what doesn't? And why if possible??

It's complicated...: Even without treatment, some STDs are cleared in a few weeks or months, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. But they still need treatment; they can leave a lot of damage if not treated. HPV is cleared, but it usually takes 1-2 years, and HPV DNA persists and infection can reappear. STDs that last indefinitely include syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B, HIV. The biological reasons are complex.