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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. Stephen Scholand
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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.

Primary vs secondary: People will often clear the primary stage of HPV within two years if they have a normal immune system. As you say, it then can hibernate in your body for life produce problems later. Your issue is with a difference in how you use terminology. Clearing the first stage is just that, it does not mean eliminating the germ. ...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

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Can it be possible to relax about hpv? I have this and am so worried about it. Can is it create a problem in my life?

Can it be possible to relax about hpv? I have this and am so worried about it. Can is it create a problem in my life?

Common issue: In the pre-vaccine era the incidence of positive blood tests to HPV was as high as 70% for college age women. The yearly pap smears many do today monitor the potential result of this problem. It is certainly worth monitoring but most live a long and productive life after they acquire it. ...Read more

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If your partner was diagnosed with HPV, my understanding is that it is fairly certain that you also have HPV. Do I now remain a carrier for life?

If your partner was diagnosed with HPV, my understanding is that it is fairly certain that you also have HPV. Do I now remain a carrier for life?

Probably not: HPV DNA often persists in tissues, but the actual frequency isn't known. However, the immune system suppressive active viral infection within a year or two, and most people never have another problem, even if DNA persists. For practical purposes, the infection is cured. Most people with HPV are not "carriers for life". You'll probably never have a problem and won't infect future partners. ...Read more

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Have seen things saying HPV goes away within a few years but Dr says it stays your whole life, any truth to it eventually going away, can't transmit?

HPV: This is a life-long infection. You can transmit HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who does not have the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. The vaccine may be of some help. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a woman diagnosed with hpv?

Should be normal: If you are getting medical care it should be normal because your obgyn would intervene if it turned into certain types of pre-cancer. There are many different sub types of the hpv virus. Some can cause pre- cancer or cancer of the vulva , vaginal or cervix. Some sub types never cause any pre-cancer. Just make sure you are being followed regularly by your obgyn. ...Read more

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I have HPV, my question is now i am contagious for life? will wait for your answer, thanks.

Yes: HPV cannot be cured; therefore, the infected person is essentially contagious for life. Approximately two-thirds of the people who have sexual contact with a partner with genital warts will develop this disease. Remember that use of condoms may prevent the virus from coming in contact with susceptible skin areas. However, since HPV can infect the scrotum and vulva, transmission can occur outside condom-covered areas. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hpv? If your told you have it are you doomed to have it the rest of your life and give it to everyone your with?

Can you tell me about hpv? If your told you have it are you doomed to have it the rest of your life and give it to everyone your with?

HPV can clear: Anogenital HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Most infections are subclinical and clear spontaneously within 2 years. Persistent infection with high-risk types of HPV is associated with development of cervical cancer, with more than 12 000 new cases and 4000 deaths attributed to HPV annually in the United States. From Pediatric Red Book ...Read more

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Is it possible for HPV to ping-pong back and forth between monogamous partners given reasonable time? And do we remain carriers for life?

Toss The Right Thing: According to National Cervical Cancer Coalition"Current partners are likely to share HPV"and"Partners who are sexually intimate only with each other are not likely to pass the same virus back and forth."However, there are a few details you need to work out and I'd advise you check their website: http://www.nccc-online.org/ Remember that other things CAN be tossed back and forth (like compliments) ...Read more

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Is it possible that my wife or i could have HPV even though neither of us have had other sexual partners for our whole life?

Hpv: No. Hpv is a sexually transmitted virus. If neither partner was sexually active with anyone else prior to marriage, then you cannot have hpv. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could we relax about HPV , I have this virus. And i m so worried about it . Can is it creat a problem in my life.?

Relax: Problem? Yes. Kill you? No -- not if you keep an eye on yourself (if you're a 'he') or get your regular pap smears (if you're a 'she'). The hpv vaccine is a good thing, but keeping track of your body is even better. If you've found that one special person, it's time to forget 'condom consciousness' and come together, hpv be darned. ...Read more

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Does having HPV means I can live the rest of my life without cancer. ?

Does having HPV means I can live the rest of my life without cancer. ?

Yes: While HPV infection increases the risk of cervical cancer as compared with women who have no exposure to HPV, still, the majority of HPV-infected women do not develop cancer. ...Read more

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