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Positive For Hpv Virus
A few years ago i was diagnosed as HPV positive. Now the test is negative. The virus exists in the body and is inactive or does not exist any more?
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
I am HPV positive and have abnormal pap results. If/when I have normal results and test negative, will I still pass the virus on to new partners?
Really unknown: There is debate in the medical community about whether an individual remains infectious after HPV infection but now negative tests. Some believe the virus may lie dormant, but undetectable. Prudence would suggest one continues to use condoms with new partners, for protection of both parties. If in a monogamous relationship, no condoms might be ok if both understand infection theoretically possible ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you carry HPV virus for over 30yrs? Can you have a negative HPV test 2yrs prior to positive ?If so, does that mean you just became infected?
Yes, yes, and yes: Yes, you can have hpv for over 30+ years. Any person who has been sexually active with another person ever in their lifetime likely has been exposed to hpv. This is why there has been a push to get young children vaccinated before they become sexually active. If your hpv test was negative 2 years ago but then became positive, then you likely did get infected with hpv within those 2 years. ...Read more
Tested positive for hpv RNA rather than DNA, does that mean my immune system will not be able to clear the virus? Normal cytology...
No difference: That test makes no difference. Your immune system will clear the infection normally. ...Read more
Normal cytology, positive for hr hpv rna. Does the rna just mean the virus is active? Need additional testing to ensure pap didn't miss something?
Yes/no: Yes you have it in your system & no you don't need additional testing right now.These strains belong to a family of virus well known for hibernating for long periods in the tissues.You may shed virus off & on without any symptoms.If it ever starts a problem it might be decades from now, if you are one of the unlucky ones.Just do your regular testing as advised ...Read more
No visible warts now but I may be hpv positive. does masturbation spread the virus?Can I masturbate in between getting vaccine?
HPV infection: I'm not sure how you would know you "may be HPV positive" if you don't have warts. If you are the partner of someone with genital HPV (e.g. an abnormal pap smear), you may or may not be infected. But if you see no skin abnormalities, you needn't worry at all. Everyone gets HPV, usually several times; by age 48, for sure you have had it, and also too old for vaccine. Masturbation causes no harm. ...Read more
Not in 1st stage: For most this can have no symptoms and clear itself within the first 2 years, only to remain in hibernation in your body.Some strains have been associated with cervical, penile, anal and throat cancer that could arise decades after the 1st infection.So for most this is a minor inconvenience, for a rare few it is deadly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The vaccine, YES!: The hpv vaccine, or gardasil, is best known for its prevention of cervical cancers and cervical dysplasias. The hpv vaccine also protects against anal and rectal cancers, and is showing some promise in protection against esophageal and throat cancers that may be hpv related. It also offers protection against genital warts. So yes, get vaccinated! ...Read more
Not as dangerous..: It is not as dangerous form men as it is for women. In men, it typically causes venereal warts. In women, certain strains of hpv can cause cervical cancer. Certain strains might be related to penile cancers. Best is to avid unprotected sexual relations and if you have a lesion that doesn’t belong…get it checked out. ...Read more
Usually difficult: To know this, you would need to know when the infection originated and have a very detailed sexual history. HPV persists after infection whether you have any symptoms or not so knowing when you were infected is usually very difficult to impossible. Symptoms can also take months or years to show up so this further compounds the problem. If you've had very limited partners, this becomes easier. ...Read more
Yes: Most HPV infections, including carcinogenic HPV genotypes, typically resolve within 6 to 12 months. In a small number of cases there is persistent infection. You can transmit the infection even if you do not have visible lesions. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much you can do: Warts and pap abnormalities can be treated to speed clearance. Even without treatment, almost all HPV infections are cleared by the immune system, although it can take several months or up to a couple of years. (HPV DNA may persist longer, but not active infection.) Smoking may delay clearance. Staying generally healthy and not smoking may help, but otherwise nothing is known to help very much. ...Read more
HPV is a virus: Hpv is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause changes in the female birth canal cell that can lead to cancer of the cervix. There are many strains of hpv, but only a few are very dangerous. These can be tested for with a test along with the pap smear. There is some evidence that hpv can be transmitted orally. Except for penile warts, men generally don't show overt signs of infection. ...Read more
Lifetime: Hpv is likely to stay in your boddy forever. If you are a female and have hpv in genital area, get regular pap smears. More than 10 hpv viral types can cause cancer; hpv types 16 and 18 cause of most of hpv related cervical cancers. If you are a man, hpv can cause mouth, throat, anal, and penile cancer. ...Read more