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Doctor insights on: Contagiousness Of Dormant Hpv

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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

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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Are HPV warts contagious?

Are HPV warts contagious?

Yes: Hpv is a sexually transmitted disease and are indeed quite contagious. In the United States and much of developed countries, hpv is actually the most commom std! ...Read more

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IS hpv contagious after warts are gone?

IS hpv contagious after warts are gone?

Yes: There are many types of HPV and most people who have it never see warts. So, some types of HPV would show up as warts, but virus lives deeper. ...Read more

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How contagious is HPV of there are no visable warts presence?

How contagious is HPV of there are no visable warts presence?

The virus can still: Be transmitted even if there are no visible warts. ...Read more

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I don't know much about hpv, my boyfriend has it and I'm scared to kiss him, is HPV contagious?

I don't know much about hpv, my boyfriend has it and I'm scared to kiss him, is HPV contagious?

HPV is contagious: Human papilloma virus is contagious. There are multiple strains of hpv. Some can cause cervical cancer, some throat cancer and some warts.
You are still young enough to go to your doctor and start the hpv vaccine series with Cervarix or gardasil. Become more aware and start a school program making all of your friends, boys and girls aware of hpv. The vaccines can stop the spread of cancer. ...Read more

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I requested a HPV test after testing negative the past five years (five years ago I had cervical hpv). If it comes out negative am I still contagious?

I requested a HPV test after testing negative the past five years (five years ago I had cervical hpv). If it comes out negative am I still contagious?

No need for retest: It was a mistake to have another HPV test. If you have been sexually active in the past 5 years, probably you have been reexposed and likely reinfected with HPV. A positive result now probably would not be recurrence of your past infection. Regardless of your new test result, you can safely assume that previous infection is gone and no longer contagious. Your more recent infection (s)? Maybe. ...Read more

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Is HPV contagious?

Is HPV contagious?

Yes: It is spread by direct skin to skin transfer from an infected patient whether symptoms of the virus are present or not. ...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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What types of HPV aren't contagious?

What types of HPV aren't contagious?

All HPV are contagio: All hpv viruses are contagious but not all cause symptoms or genital wartssome will cause no symptoms and clear with time. ...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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What exactly is hpv? How contagious is it?

What exactly is hpv? How contagious is it?

Human papilloms viru: Hpv stands for human papilloma virus which is a polyoma virus causing infection of the skin and mucous membranes. There are well ober 100 serological types a few of which can cause cancer especially in the cervix. It is modestly contagious and requires some contact with an infected person or fomite in a susceptible person. ...Read more

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I have HPV, my question is now I am contagious for life? Will wait for your answer, thanks.

I have HPV, my question is now I am contagious for life? Will wait for your answer, thanks.

Yes: HPV cannot be cured; therefore, the infected person is essentially contagious for life. Approximately two-thirds of the people who have sexual contact with a partner with genital warts will develop this disease. Remember that use of condoms may prevent the virus from coming in contact with susceptible skin areas. However, since HPV can infect the scrotum and vulva, transmission can occur outside condom-covered areas. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hpv 1 and hpv 2. I was diagnose with hpv 1. Is that contagious. If I don't have oral sores?

What is the difference between hpv 1 and hpv 2. I was diagnose with hpv 1. Is that contagious. If I don't have oral sores?

Both herpes viruses: The "old"teaching was that HPV1 was always above the belt and that HPV2 was always below the belt. With more oral sexual activity that doesn't hold. We have very few successful antiviral a but we do have for the herpes class viruses. There are different doses for treatment and for suppression. Speak to your doc! ...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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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?

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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If I had cervical HPV five years ago and it was froze, and all my paps since have been negative am I still contagious?

HPV virus: The HPV virus can resolve on its own. It can lay dormant in some cases and reappear later on. One can reacquire it from new sexual partners. Your pap smears have been normal for 5 years which is good indication that it is not active at this time. ...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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How long it takes for an HPV wart to appear after contagious?

See below: The average incubation period starting with the sexual contact with an infected person is 2-3 months but can range from 1 to 20 months. The virus invades the top layers of the skin and can remain inactive for months and sometimes years before warts appear. Hopefully the girl you had sex with did not have HPV. ...Read more

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Does oral and oropharyngeal cancers spread HPV and thus are contagious?

Does oral and oropharyngeal cancers spread HPV and thus are contagious?

Ca is not contagious: Cancers are not contagious, the associated infections like hiv, hpv are if present, they are contagious. ...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??

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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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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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

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more