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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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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What happens if you contract the HPV virus, does it lay dormant forever?

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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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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Why do people/doctors say HPV can sometimes clear up on its own? Dont 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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How long can HPV remain dormant in ones system? I had a recent issue with some genital warts and my partner and I have remained faithful.

How long can HPV remain dormant in ones system? I had a recent issue with some genital warts and my partner and I have remained faithful.

Long time: Most people (~86%) are able to clear hpv from their system in 3 years. In rest it may remain for 10 years or longer. We don't know how to tell who's immune system will clear hpv and who is going to have it for a long time. ...Read more

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Should i expect my treated HPV to lay dormant for the rest of my life? I had HPV in my 20s. No doctor has ever been concerned about my history. I have two children. My HPV was a non issue during both pregnancies and births. My husband never been diagno

Should i expect my treated HPV to lay dormant for the rest of my life? I had HPV in my 20s.  No doctor has ever been concerned about my history.  I have two  children. My HPV was a non issue during both pregnancies and births. My husband never been diagno

HPV : Hpv may lie dormant for an extended period of time, and you may never experience an outbreak of 'abnormal' cells. Nonetheless, you will always be a carrier of hpv. If your immune system weakens for any reason, this could cause your hpv count to rise. Observe a healthy lifestyle and get pap smears regularly. ...Read more

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Can HPV jump from a genital organ to oral cavity? Is giving oral sex to man the only risk factor for oral hpv?Can oral HPV lay dormant in oral cavity?

Can HPV jump from a genital organ to oral cavity? Is giving oral sex to man the only risk factor for oral hpv?Can oral HPV lay dormant in oral cavity?

Yes: Hpv can jump from gential to oral cavity. Smoking is a risk factor for oral cancer. Once you have hpv doesn't mean you'll get cancer, only makes it possible, like an opportunity. Yes oral hpv can lay dormant in oral cavity. The risk also increases with the number of sexual partners a person has. Smoking also increases the risk of oral hpv infection. ...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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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