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Can HPV be cured or is it only treated ??

Can HPV be cured or is it only treated ??

HPV: HPV is a very common virus and there are many strains. Only a few of them are associated with cervical cancer for the female. Once you have the virus it will stay in your system. There is no treatment for the virus. The best prevention at this time is to get the HPV vaccine prior to sexual activity to prevent you from contracting the virus. Screening pap smears is important to look for changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Will i have HPV for life? I am 24 years old with genital warts and a recent LGSIL pap smear. Will my boyfriend of 6 months get the virus too?

Will i have HPV for life?
I am 24 years old with genital warts and a recent LGSIL pap smear. Will my boyfriend of 6 months get the virus too?

No, not for life: The immune system clears HPV, although it can take up to 2 years. You can assume your BF has already been infected and even might be the source of your infection (you'll never know). Probably he'll never have symptoms, but should keep an eye out for warts. LSIL is mild; you are at low risk for a serious problem. Follow your doc's advice, and also speak with her about HPV vaccination. ...Read more

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Why do doctors say someone is "clear" of HPV when the person ceases to show outward signs of the disease? Hpv is for "life" and cannot be eliminated.

Not clear: It's not entirely clear if the virus is completely eliminated or just goes into hiding for varying degrees of time. Probably in some people it is completely cleared and there is no risk of it coming back while in others it hides sometimes for decades before coming back out at an older age when the immune system weakens. ...Read more

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How will my son dating a girl with HPV affect his life and sexual activity?

How will my son dating a girl with HPV affect his life and sexual activity?

Possible HPV warts: Hpv is a group of viruses that are extremely common. If your son has not received the Gardasil vaccine and she has a history of genital warts, then he could be at risk of getting the strain of hpv responsible for warts. They would be visible, raised projections from the skin around the vagina, vulva, anus, thighs. Most likely, she has a strain of hpv found on pap smear but might not have warts. ...Read more

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If vaccinated before becoming sexually active, does HPV vaccine save us from HPV infection for life?

If vaccinated before becoming sexually active, does HPV vaccine save us from HPV infection for life?

Mostly: It prevents infection with the strains that are most likely to cause cancer, and some of the strains that cause warts. ...Read more

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I have HPV i think my life is over-no one will want 2 be with me- i need to live in constant fear of cancer, and its permanent?

I have HPV i think my life is over-no one will want 2 be with me- i need to live in constant fear of cancer, and its permanent?

Not True!: Most hpv infections go away on their own.So do not give up but monitor it through your gynecologist. It is only persistent hpv infections which have some small risk of causing cancer. So i would be lot more hopeful than you seem to be. Just find a good doctor who can monitor your infection and counsel you properly and optimistically! ...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 do I live a single life with hpv?

How do I live a single life with hpv?

Normally: Hpv is the agent for warts. Having it is not a death sentence. You can go to your physician and have it burned. For females, it also means yearly pap smears to detect if it has led to cervical cancer. If you are concerned about passing it on, barrier protection such as condoms are effective. ...Read more