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Does Hpv Stay In Your Sustem Forever
HPV: HPV is a very common virus and there are many strains. Only a few of them are associated with cervical cancer for the female. Once you have the virus it will stay in your system. There is no treatment for the virus. The best prevention at this time is to get the HPV vaccine prior to sexual activity to prevent you from contracting the virus. Screening pap smears is important to look for changes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does HPV (genital warts) stay with you forever? Or does you immune system ever clear it out for good?
Depends on person: Some people infected with hpv mount successful immune responses to the virus and will completely clear the infection. We are not able to at this time to predict who will be infected and have the virus linger (carriers) versus completely clearing the infection. It is possible to become 'reinfected' with hpv especially if exposed to a new / different viral type. There are > 100 types. ...Read more
Yes: You also need to stop worrying or beating yourself up about it. With routine health care (pap smears if you're a woman, just keeping an eye on that thing if you are a man and getting suspicious lesions checked by a competent physician), it's not going to kill or mutilate you. Everybody has a few strains of hpv. Get the immunization so you don't get any more nasty strains. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Does HPV stay alive on surfaces/objects? If so how long? Things like toilet, shower wand handle, and door knobs are of concern.
Here are some...: HPV particles alone are inactive, but if they gain access to cells of skin or mucosa, usually through some micro-injury to external natural barriers-skin/mucosa, which is invisible, these infective agents may replicate or be eliminated by internal humoral immune defense. So, I would throw the worry to catch HPV by the contact as described out of window of life reality, and you are okay, ...Read more
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