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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
How long does the gardisil shot protect you against HPV for? 5 years, 10 years? Does gardisil shot protect you from those certain HPV strains for life?
At least 5 years: No waning of protection was noted in 5 years. No data are available regarding long-term protection. ...Read more
Do HPV tests screen for specific strains? I ask because HPV is extremely prevalent but most strains are harmless
All mostly harmless: You've done your homework. True, HPV is "extremely prevalent". But even all type, usually are harmless, not just "most strains". High risk types cause cancer more often than others, but still less often than 1 in a thousand infections. Pap testing in women often incudes HPV, with emphasis on high risk types, but no HPV tests are approved or recommended in men. Not something to be worried about! ...Read more
I am infected with multiple strains of HPV (cancerous) and 2 non cancerous. Will this affect clearance rate? I am 24.
See below: Vast majority of the women clear the HPV and have no long term consequences. However, to be on the safe side, you should get regular PAP tests done and follow your gynecologist's advice about any follow-up tests and procedures. See this site for more info. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv. Htm ...Read more
So if HPV stays in your body forever, what the heck do people with the cancerous strains do? Wait to get cancer? Seems horrible
How risky is HPV in young women? Chance of persistence vs resolvation? Percentage of women that had the infection? Also clearance for multiple strains
Lifelong issue: In the pre-vaccine era, 70% of women attending college health clinics tested positive for some strain of HPV by their Sophomore year. Those with visible features like warts may have clearance of visible lesions but the virus can persist within the tissues for decades. Those with no visible lesions can lay dormant for decades before emerging to trigger cancerous change. ...Read more
HPV Many Strains: Nope. Once you have the strain you have the strain. ...Read more
36 STRAINS: TheVaccine Gardasil does protect against the strains ofHPV most likely to cause Cancer.It does no protect against all HPVstraines. But there have been reports that Vaccine may give wider protection than thought originally. And may give some protection against8to9%of Cancer OtherVaccineCervarix protects against 100%ofCancers caused by16&18strains Gardasil protects 6, 11, 16&18 All other36not PROTECTED ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same as girls: Men and women carry the same types of hpv. Hpv-6 and hpv-11 are the most common low risk types (low risk = risk of warts but low risk of cancer). Hpv-16 and hpv-18 are the most common high risk types (higher risk of cancer). It is recommended that boys get the hpv vaccine as well now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does HPV truly clear on its own or is this a myth? And is there a way to find out which strain you have?
HPV: Once someone has hpv in their body, it is always there, but in most (~70%) people, the immune system keeps it dormant and there are no signs of it. Lab tests can be done to specifically determine the type (s) of hpv someone has. Types 16 and 18 are most often associated with cancers or precancers. ...Read more
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