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How long could HPV be in your system before you test positive?

How long could HPV be in your system before you test positive?

Possibly years: We don't fully know the answer to that, but it might be very quickly and it may be as long as years. That is why women need ongoing paps and not just one every so often. Risky behavior today could show up as cancer in a decade! ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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HPV positive since Feb/15, regular checkups & next HPV test in Feb/16. Was it reported that people got rid of it 100% in a year?? Or it takes longer?

HPV positive since Feb/15, regular checkups & next HPV test in Feb/16. Was it reported that people got rid of it 100% in a year?? Or it takes longer?

Some people clear it: Not everyone clears HPV, but it is true that young women (less than 21 years old) frequently totally clear the virus. It can clear in a few months or up to a year. However, not everyone clears the virus and your chances of clearing it decrease as you get older. The only way to know if you have cleared it is retesting. ...Read more

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How long can HPV be in your system before u start to experience symptoms......

How long can HPV be in your system before u start to experience symptoms......

HPV: Hpv can often come and go without anyone knowing they have it. That is why pap smears are so vital. ...Read more

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How long does the HPV virus stay in your system?

How long does the HPV virus stay in your system?

Lifetime: Hpv is likely to stay in your boddy forever. If you are a female and have hpv in genital area, get regular pap smears. More than 10 hpv viral types can cause cancer; hpv types 16 and 18 cause of most of hpv related cervical cancers. If you are a man, hpv can cause mouth, throat, anal, and penile cancer. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...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