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How Many Different Strains Of Hpv Are There
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
Genital and oral HPV are different types, right? Can any of genital strains of HPV also live in mouth(saliva, gums)?
Not so fast: The cancer associated strains that are known to cause cervical cancer can also cause throat,penile & anal cancer. The germ is specific to the sexual practices of those who carry it. Genital/oral/anal strains are specific to those types of skin, so they do not live on your shoulder/feet/etc. but they are capable of living in several sites. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What strains of HPV are looked for in pap smears? How soon after exposure to HPV would one have an abnormal pap?
Does your body eventually clear HPV? What if you were infected with multiple strains? Would this impede your body from clearing the strains?
HPV is cleared...: ...by the immune system, typically over 6-18 months. HPV may persist in tissues, and the virus itself sometimes reappears to cause an abnormal pap smear, but usually does not. Infection with several strains of HPV is very common and does not affect clearance. There is nothing unusual or especially worrisome about your HPV infection compared with others. I hope this has helped. Best wishes. ...Read more