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How long does the HPV virus stay in your system?

How long does the HPV virus stay in your system?

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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Does the HPV virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? I have been with only 2ppl in my life I am a WRECK :,( Plz help me

Does the HPV virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? I have been with only 2ppl in my life I am a WRECK :,( Plz help me

No it will clear: The vast majority of HPV infections will clear in 6 months on their own; almost all w/in 2 years. If you have it again, it will be due to re-infection. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent infection. Condoms do not work for HPV. Men often carry it on testicles. However with screening you will prevent disease from HPV. See this http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/chpt05-hpv.html ...Read more

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Does the hpv virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? Just made an appt after getting a letter, I am a WRECK!!! :,( also just had baby 12-30-14.. Is she at risk as well???

Does the hpv virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? Just made an appt after getting a letter, I am a WRECK!!! :,( also just had baby 12-30-14.. Is she at risk as well???

Depends: If you are discussing visible the active phase, like genital warts, these often eventually go away or respond to treatments.However, the virus is from a family of viruses well known for going dormant in the host body with the potential for recurrence.You tend to have it forever, but it may never return to an active state.Infants can develop genital warts if mom was actively shedding at delivery. ...Read more

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Does the HPV virus cause anal cancer?

Does the HPV virus cause anal cancer?

It can: Hpv is associated with genital warts and cancers as well as head and neck cancers and linings. This does not mean everyone who has these cancers has hpv also. Therefore hpv is associated with and increases the risk of getting these cancers including anal cancers. Hpv is sexually transmitted and there is a vaccine to help prevent it. ...Read more

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Does the HPV virus enter your body through the bloodstream through non-genital areas, e.g. if you touch someone's genitals with a wounded hand?

Does the HPV virus enter your body through the bloodstream through non-genital areas, e.g. if you touch someone's genitals with a wounded hand?

Only skin-to-skin: HPV transmissiont occurs only by direct contact between infected skin or mucous membrane tissues. It does not enter the bloodstream and is not known to infect wounds, although I suppose that sometimes can happen. ...Read more

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What is HPV virus?

What is HPV virus?

HPV: Hpv is the most common sexually transmitted disease affecting up to 70% of the population. Although most infections resolve on their own it can lead to genital warts, abnormal pap smears and cancers of the cervix, vagina, anus, rectum, vulva, penis and throat. ...Read more

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Can you die from hpv virus?

Can you die from hpv virus?

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 more

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Should men get the HPV virus?

Should men get the HPV virus?

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

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How do they find the HPV virus?

How do they find the HPV virus?

Visible lesions: If you are a male, the lesions are diagnosed by visualizing the lesions. In females, these lesions are diagnosed with a pap smear or by visibly seeing the lesions. ...Read more

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How bad for men is the HPV virus?

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

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more