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How long can HPV survive outside the body?

How long can HPV survive outside the body?

HPV: Not long. If you are concerned about transmission of this virus by other than direct person to person contact this is very very unlikely. If you are using a dildo, however, and it is in direct contact with an hpv infected individual and then immediately used by another, this has the potential to transmit the virus. ...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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How long do HPV 1 and 4 live outside the body?

Still...: Hpv particles are here and there around in their waiting mode with no living activity. Their action to replicate begins when they attach to right receptors on the surface of host cells so to enter host cells where they start hijacking host cells to replicate, resulting in making host cells sick and dead if.... So, they have no life outside the body, but waiting and in its latency. ...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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How long is it supposed to it take for the immune system to rid the body of hpv?

How long is it supposed to it take for the immune system to rid the body of hpv?

Primary/long term: Primary clearance usually occurs within 2-3 years. However, this family of viruses is well known to have the ability to hibernate in your tissues for your lifetime. You can have recurrent warts (if that is your strain) or the cancer associated strains could trigger changes decades later. You may also shed active virus intermittently. ...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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How long specifically in min/hr does HPV survive outside body, on clothing, underwear, soap, in shower, on toilet seat etc?

How long specifically in min/hr does HPV survive outside body, on clothing, underwear, soap, in shower, on toilet seat etc?

May be forever...: HPV virus is not a viable agent, but a specially structured DNA particle, called HPV virion and may exist everywhere in its inactive phase. To become infecting, this praticle has to gain access to the nucleus of a living cell so to replicate to become wart in time. Remember: We are exposed to all germs everywhere, but not become sick by the blessing of 2 natural barriers - skin & immunity... ...Read more

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How long min/hr can HPV be transmittable on clothing, soap, toilet seat, etc? I know virus exists forever outside body but when can virus not transmit

How long min/hr can HPV be transmittable on clothing, soap, toilet seat, etc? I know virus exists forever outside body but when can virus not transmit

No transmission risk: HPV has never been known to have been transmitted by clothing, toilet seats, or the other things you mention. Soap would kill it instantly. And I'm not at all sure the virus "exists forever outside the body". Where did you hear that? If you don't have sex, you cannot catch or transmit the genital HPV types. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How long does hpv survive outside the body. What disinfectants will kill the virus on a surface. Does washing and drying your clothes kill the virus?

Doesn't matter: You're asking the wrong question. It doesn't matter whether HPV survives away from the body, on clothing, on a surface, etc. Contact with these things never transmits the virus. Without sex or other direct skin-skin contact with an infected person, nobody ever gets HPV. So no need to worry about it. ...Read more

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Does the body usually rid itself of hpv, even the ones that cause genital warts? How long does it take?

Does the body usually rid itself of hpv, even the ones that cause genital warts? How long does it take?

Usually not: They go away 4 a while & return. U should treat while active & avoid sex. Condoms help some but transmitting hpv is quite commonly still an issue. Abstinence I feel is best. ...Read more

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Is it possible to clear the (genital) HPV virus out of my body and if so will the warts be gone forever as long as I have the same sex partner?

Is it possible to clear the (genital) HPV virus out of my body and if so will the warts be gone forever as long as I have the same sex partner?

Maybe: 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 can hibernate in your system forever and may recur. The most recent vaccine helps protect against 2 wart strains and 7 cancer associated strains if you have never had them. You would get some benefit. ...Read more

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How long can HPV- types that causes genital warts, live outside the body? I'm afraid my cats came in contact with my worn underwear on the floor.

How long can HPV- types that causes genital warts, live outside the body? I'm afraid my cats came in contact with my worn underwear on the floor.

HPV: I would not fear for your cat's safety. Although Papillomatosis can affect both dogs & cats, you have HPV. That stands for Human Papillomavirus which can be transmitted person to person. ...Read more

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What does it mean for immune system to clear HPV infection? Like HSV1, life long latency & recurrent symptoms? Or completely eradicates virus from body?

HPV: Usually life long latency. But your body can clear it and for instance abnormal pap smears can normalize over time leading someone to think that the immune system has eradicated the virus ...Read more

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HPV tends to be a life long infection, like HSV, even if the body clears symptoms. Is this true for cancer-associated strains as well? Or just warts?

HPV tends to be a life long infection, like HSV, even if the body clears symptoms. Is this true for cancer-associated strains as well? Or just warts?

HPV: There are certain strains of HPV that cause cancer, they don't cause warts though. You need to keep up on annual PAP smears to monitor for that. HSV doesn't cause cancer. If you need anything else like prescriptions or anything else feel feel to perform Virtual Consults with me in the future. Hope that helps ...Read more

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How long can the HPV virus live outside the body? I borrowed my best friends dildo and she just found out that she has genital warts

HPV: The virus does not survive long on inanimate objects, but it can be spread in the short-term if sex toys are shared between partners. ...Read more

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Hi, I was diagnosed with HPV/ Genital Warts in March this year. How long does virus take to leave the body? And it is useful now to still vaccinated?

Hi, I was diagnosed with HPV/ Genital Warts in March this year. How long does virus take to leave the body? And it is useful now to still vaccinated?

Years/yes: 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. The most recent vaccine helps protect against 2 wart strains and 7 cancer associated strains if you have never had them. You would get some benefit. ...Read more

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Can low risk HPV stay in your body forever?

Can low risk HPV stay in your body forever?

Yes it can: Fortunately can usually be kept in check with medication. Condom should always be used. ...Read more

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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 can HPV develop in your body?

HPV is an infection.: Genital hpv is a sexually transmitted viral infection. It is spread by close physical contact (vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, etc...). If a person becomes infected, they will often times mount an immune response and clear the infection. There are more than 100 strains of the virus. Some are more virulent than others. Some people may develop warts, dysplasia (pre cancer) and cancer from hpv. ...Read more

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What are the long-term complications of hpv?

Cancer: Hpv infections that linger in your body will put you at risk of developing cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and even throat cancer. If your immune system is healthy, these cancers are rare...But it is the most important reason to get good follow-up for hpv infections. ...Read more

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How long am I suppose to wait to get tested for hpv?

Probably no need: I can't tell your sex. If female, then HPV testing is now done routinely with pap smears. Other than that, HPV testing is rarely needed or recommended. Even if you have been exposed, e.g. a partner with genital warts or abnormal pap, no testing is recommended; just see a doc if anything abnormal appears. Everybody has genital HPV at one time or another, and almost all infections clear up anyway. ...Read more

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How long will it take to be cured of HPV as a adult male?

Depends: Hpv can easily "cured" if treated appropriately. However, the virus may remain in the penile skin although not visible to the eye. These viruses may cause a recurrence of the warts in the future and close monitoring is neccessary. If no visible lesions are present, then one can be considered "cured" but must be monitored for possible recurrence in the future. ...Read more

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Does HPV no matter what kind leave the body with in 3 years?

HPV: No. Not all hpv is cleared. Women between 20 & 30 have a better chance of clearing hpv then women 30-40. ...Read more

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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

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How long is it supposed to it take for HPV to show up on tests?

How long is it supposed to it take for HPV to show up on tests?

Variable: The test I belive you are talking about is a vaginal or cervical swab for the prence of the dna of the virus. It is variable. It depends on the way the specimen was obtained and relative growth or presence of the organism. ...Read more