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Doctor insights on: Can You Have Hpv For Years And Not Know It

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Does HPV no matter what kind leave the body with in 3 years?

Does HPV no matter what kind leave the body with in 3 years?

HPV: No. Not all hpv is cleared. Women between 20 & 30 have a better chance of clearing hpv then women 30-40. ...Read more

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After having HPV for years, is it possible to lose my sexdrive?

Yes but not b/c HPV: While it's possible to lose one's sex drive (libido), it won't be due to HPV or any other sexually transmitted disease/infection, at least not directly as a result of infection. With that said, complications from STD/STI eg pain or just emotional distress from chronic infection could certainly affect your libido negatively. Go see your Family Doc for complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Can HPV be passed onto another person if that person has had a clear result for past 20 years?

Can HPV be passed onto another person if that person has had a clear result for past 20 years?

Very unlikely: The immune system clears almost all HPV infections within 1-2 years. After that, the infection is effectively cured and cannot be transmitted. HPV DNA can persist in tissues (it isn't known how often this actually happens), sometimes leading to reappearance of infection years later, e.g. with an abnomral pap smear in women. But usually not, and long delayed transmission to partners is very rare. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get oral hpv after 22 years Have past since I have been with the partner that gave it to me?

Is it possible to get oral hpv after 22 years Have past since I have been with the partner that gave it to me?

Very unlikely: Confusing question. Are you saying you caught genital HPV from a partner 22 years ago, and now wonder whether you could have inoculated your own mouth/throat recently? That is very unlikely, since your genital infection probably is long gone. If you wonder whether you caught oral HPV 22 years ago, it might have happened. But if so that infection probably also is long gone. ...Read more

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How is HPV treated in women? I have read that is some cases it can clear on its own in about two years. Is this accurate?

Varies: There are topical medications to treat hpv. About 80% of people who contract hpv are able to clear it within one year - by three years 90% have cleared it. ...Read more

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If I had HPV in the past, but have tested negative for it for several years, can I still spread it to someone else or is it gone?

If I had HPV in the past, but have tested negative for it for several years, can I still spread it to someone else or is it gone?

Probably gone: There's confusion about the duration of HPV; it's complex and new knowledge comes along frequently. HPV DNA may persist for life, but not necessarily. Even if DNA is there, the immune system usually controls infection to a point it doesn't reactivate or cause disease, can't be detected, and can't be passed to partners. That's probably where you are. Get vaccinated to prevent future infections. ...Read more

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If I have HPV does my male partner have hpv? And how will it clear up in 2 years if my partner has HPV too? Wont I get the HPV back?

Yes - it will - no: If you have hpv, your partner has been exposed and likely infected. 80% of hpv infections are cleared in the first year by the immune system, and 90% by three years. Once you have had and cleared any virus (including hpv), your immune system prevents reinfection - so you will not get the same virus again. ...Read more

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I've had abnormal cells after smears for 6 years. Can this be caused by anything other than the hpv?I've just been tested for HPV but worrying

HPV and PAPs: Hpv is usually the commonest cause for abnormal pap tests. Fortunately we are able to check for hpv relatively easily. I would wait for the results of the testing and have your physician review these with you in light of the abnormal cells that were found. Most healthy women are usually also able to clear hpv infections with no issues. Hope that this was helpfull. ...Read more