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How long does an HPV outbreak typically last?

How long does an HPV outbreak typically last?

Varying times.: There are more than 100 different types or hpv. Depending on where the infection is it may last as little as 6 months or as long as 10 years. Cervical infections typically are cleared by the body after 8-10 months in roughly 70% of the time. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Had unprotected sex with a person who found out their last sexual partner had HPV (warts) but hadn't had an outbreak in years. Will I have warts too?

Had unprotected sex with a person who found out their last sexual partner had HPV (warts) but hadn't had an outbreak in years. Will I have warts too?

The vaccine protects: Because the vaccine called Gardasil is preventive medicine against HPV strains 6 and 11 (those strains cause most of people's genital warts), and because all young people should have already been vaccinated in the last 9 or 10 years, the young adult man in this situation is presumed vaccinated and presumed pretty safe... meaning he is unlikely to get genital warts. This man is vaccinated, right? ...Read more

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Could an outbreak of outer HPV be tiny and itchy?

Could an outbreak of outer HPV be tiny and itchy?

Probably not: This is a repeat of a previous question. The answer is the same:

Genital warts and other HPV lesions usually do not itch. Although warts can be very small, it's probably unlikely. See your doctor if you remain concerned about it. ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can outbreak of outer HPV be tiny and itchy?

I just wanted to know can outbreak of outer HPV be tiny and itchy?

Probably not: Genital warts and other HPV lesions usually do not itch. Although warts can be very small, it's probably unlikely. See your doctor if you remain concerned about it. ...Read more

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Does a woman have to have an outbreak of HPV for a man to get warts also, or to contract hpv?

Not necessarily: Unfortunately hpv in a woman can often be present without the women knowing it. Genital warts are usually painless, so you often don't have any symptoms from them. Furthermore in women it is difficult to actually see everywhere that the warts might be. On a related note if you're known to have hpv, don't forget about regular pap smears! ...Read more

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I told partner I had anal HPV before but no outbreak for a year. He said he's clean and insisted on unsafe sex. We sex for 2 hours. He 100% get HPV?

I told partner I had anal HPV before but no outbreak for a year. He said he's clean and insisted on unsafe sex. We sex for 2 hours. He 100% get HPV?

HPV not the problem: With no recurrence in a year, there's a good chance you are no longer infected. And as a sexually active person, he has had HPV, probably many times; one more exposure won't make a difference. But as men having sex with men, you're at very high risk for more dangerous STDs, like syphilis, even if you know you don't have HIV, or on HIV treatment. Smarten up:
condomless sex remains very unwise. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with non-cancerous anal HPV 3 years ago. Now I have outbreak. Why now? They reappear quickly after healed? I always sex with condom.

I was diagnosed with non-cancerous anal HPV 3 years ago. Now I have outbreak. Why now? They reappear quickly after healed? I always sex with condom.

Immunity issue: Unfortunately HPV is not one of those viruses that is easily cleared from the body. HPV 6 & 11 cause genital warts, which can affect the anus a well. Despite treatment, the virus can lie dormant and when your immunity decreases, can flare. Make sure you get tested for any other STI's (including HIV), avoid smoking/tobacco, get good sleep, and eat healthy. ...Read more

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I had sex with this man once and the condom broke. He had HPV +wart outbreak once a few years ago. Did I automatically contract this? No warts so far.

I had sex with this man once and the condom broke. He had HPV +wart outbreak once a few years ago. Did I automatically contract this? No warts so far.

Too early to tell: Exposure to hpv doesn't automatically lead to infection. The transmission rate has been estimated to be 20%, but all it takes is one unfortunate event. Make sure to use barrier protection. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for HPV on the penis? Are there any prescription pill that help prevent another outbreak?

What is the best treatment for HPV on the penis? Are there any prescription pill that help prevent another outbreak?

HPV: The Wart Virus: There is no pill for hpv. Treating warts on the penis can be done through freezing with liquid nitrogen or through a cream known as aldara (imiquimod). ...Read more

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I m 25 male, I have HPV warts small, molluscum contagiosum and herpes outbreak together recently...I am scared too much. I got HIV test negative. Help?

I m 25 male, I have HPV warts small, molluscum contagiosum and herpes outbreak together recently...I am scared too much. I got HIV test negative. Help?

See Your Doctor: It is good that you got tested for hiv, although it can take 6 weeks or more before you may show positive from a particular encounter. You need to be tested for other more common stds (gc, chlamydia, syphilis) and make sure the diagnosis of what you have is correct. Medication can shorten the symptoms of the herpes, treatment can resolve the molluscum, and help control the hpv. ...Read more

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Will stopping your birth control cause an outbreak of genital warts if you have hpv?

Will stopping your birth control cause an outbreak of genital warts if you have hpv?

No: Hpv is a virus (human papilloma virus). Viruses tend to appear or disappear based on our immune system and stress. You didn't say what type of birth control you were using, but hormone birth control won't affect genital warts. Using condoms can help prevent contraction of hpv, but not 100% effective. If you're worried about warts, see your doc, they can help you treat them. ...Read more

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How long can HPV last on a bloody object such as a bloody underwear that has been exposed to air?

Doesn't matter: Nobody ever catches HPV through a contaminated environment or clothing. If course you should not share other persons' underwear, with or without visible blood. But there would be little or no risk for HPV even if you did so. ...Read more

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How long does HPV last?

How long does HPV last?

Unique to patient...: Duration of hpv infections are unique to each patient. An "average" person may clear an hpv infection in a couple of years; however, complete clearance depends upon the strain of hpv, immune status of the person, nutrition, and smoking (among other things). Cigarette smokers have a more difficult time with hpv. See a doc or visit a clinic for an exam and pap test with hpv dna test. Be well. ...Read more

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How long does HPV last outside the body on an object?

How long does HPV last outside the body on an object?

Possibly 1 week.: A 1997 study in the journal of infectious disease demonstrated that hpv-16 showed 100%, 50%, and 30% of infectivity when dehydrated on a surface for 1, 3, and 7 days, respectively, at room temperature. But the real-world transmissibility of genital hpv is when present on fomites such as towels, underwear, or gloves in unknown. I would be conservative, and take precautions to avoid transmission. ...Read more

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If you took a shot when you were 13 or 12 for HPV how long does it last?

Hpv vaccine: You needed three hpv shots to be fully covered for a possible life time. If you did not have three shots you are not covered ...Read more

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Positive HPV, 1 year ago was negative, could I have contracted long time ago and been detected until now, or did I contracted it within last year?

New acquisition: Once the HPV test shows antibodies to the virus it should remain so for your lifetime. You may not show any visible sites, but that's how the tests give us a timeline. There is always a possibility that an earlier test was falsely negative ...Read more

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I have had cobblestoning on my throats and a small, somewhat translucent white spot on my tonsil for the last year. I have HPV 16 and have for a long?

Probably unrelated: Presumably your HPV16 infection is genital, perhaps showing up on a pap smear, right? While it is possible your throat is also infected, HPV is not a likely cause of either "cobblestoning" of the throat or the white spot on one of your tonsils. The large majority of HPV infections, including HPV16, are eventually cleared by the immune system. Discuss all this with your doctor & follow her advice. ...Read more

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How long do genital warts last after getting HPV virus? Am I stuck with them forever or will they eventually disappear?

How long do genital warts last after getting HPV virus? Am I stuck with them forever or will they eventually disappear?

Depends: The primary infection usually clears within 2 years spontaneously in people with a normal immune system. Many have visible warts removed (laser, frozen, chemical agents) but the germ itself will often hibernate in your system forever and may recur. ...Read more

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Does HPV last forever?

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

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I have hpv, does this last forever?

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

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How long can HPV survive on underwear?

Here are some. ..: HPV virus will still exist forever in underwear, but it will not get entrance to a person as long as there is no microscopic skin injury to allow HPV virus to get viable part of skin where it may establish its foothold to thrive and duplicate inside skin cells. At times, even getting entrance to skin does not mean one will be contracted because our body can fend it off by immune defense ability. ...Read more

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How long does oral hpv take to become cancerous generally?

How long does oral hpv take to become cancerous generally?

Many years, rare: The vast majority of HPV infections, even those with "high risk" (cancer causing) HPV types, never become cancerous. Of the 100+ types of HPV, only one, HPV16, causes oral cancer. Of these, probably less than one in a thousand oral HPV infections lead to cancer. When it happens, it can be anywhere from 1 to 30 years later. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for herpes to show up and hpv?

How long is it supposed to it take for herpes to show up and hpv?

7-10 days and longer: Usually within 7-10 days following exposure to genital herpes a clinical response will occcure. Human papilloma virus or genital warts can take quite a bit longer. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take for HPV to cause abnormal papsmear?

How long does it normally take for HPV to cause abnormal papsmear?

Depends on patient..: Most people with hpv are asymptomatic and do not develop warty lesions. Some people with hpv will develop abnormal cells (dysplasia / precancer) over time. This is unique for each patient and depends upon the strain of hpv & the patient's immune system. For an "average" patient with a functioning immune system, it generally takes at least 2 to 3 years to show serious cell changes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HPV warts to show up after initial contact?

Genital Warts: Although the majority of people infected with hpv never show any signs, some people will begin to start showing symptoms as little as 2 weeks after infection. ...Read more

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I found out last year that my paps continue to show small strands of hpv. Is it possible to pass it to my partner?

You already did: Unless it has always been with a condom. Your partner is free to get immunized. I am glad you are a responsible lover. But I would rather know I have been loved, and loved well, than have a lab slip certifying me as HPV free. Keep it in perspective. ...Read more