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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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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

Label confusion: HPV is a family of dozens of virus strains that includes the common skin wart. It also includes 9 strains that are known to cause genital infections, 2 wart strains and 7 associated with cervical cancer. Having HPV doesn't make you unique. Women have been getting pap smears for decades for early detection/treatment of the HPV associated cancer. It just may make you more likely to do your follow up ...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 as well. 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. I suppose that could happen, but in 40 years in the STD business I have never seen a patient with HPV of a finger, with or without skin wounds. ...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 doesnÂ’t belongÂ…get it checked out. ...Read more

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How do I tell who I got HPV virus from?

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

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Can the HPV virus be transfered to a dog?

Can the HPV virus be transfered to a dog?

HPV: Stands for Human Papilloma Virus, and the host is only humans. Dogs can get a similar virus, but it is unique to them, and usually occurs in the mouth. ...Read more

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Do the guys body clear the HPV virus also?

Do the guys body clear the HPV virus also?

Yes: Most HPV infections, including carcinogenic HPV genotypes, typically resolve within 6 to 12 months. In a few cases there is persistent infection. You can transmit the infection even if you do not have visible lesions. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How can I help my body fight off HPV virus?

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

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How does this HPV virus work or cause problems?

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

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Once you get HPV do the virus stay with you forever?

Once you get HPV do the virus stay with you forever?

Yes it does: Hpv is a virus and once you are infected it will stay in your system for ever. ...Read more

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Can the HPV virus be transmitted via a shower sponge?

Can't imagine this: Not likely, otherwise every person, young or old, who uses a shower sponge is at risk for hpv. ...Read more

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How long does HPV virus really live on a toilet seat?

How long does HPV virus really live on a toilet seat?

Toilet seat: There has never been documentation of any infection passing to an individual from a toilet seat. ...Read more

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Are there non-sexual HPV viruses that can be transmitted?

Are there non-sexual HPV viruses that can be transmitted?

Yes: HPV is the virus that causes warts. So all kinds of warts including ones on the hands and feet are due to the HPV virus. ...Read more

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Will I need to be concerned about my fiances HPV virus diagnosis?

Yes: Hpv is an infectious condition which is transmittable. You should be examined and refrain from intercourse until she is clear. ...Read more

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I am curious if all viruses exposed to air die why is it so hard to beat HPV external warts?

Not external: The wart virus is within cells in the epidermis. It needs a host to survive and sometimes the wart virus remains present in the tissue in and not visible. ...Read more

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I had HPV virus like10 yrs ago I was treated and eliminated it. Could I get it again and should I get the shot for HPV?

Hpv: There are other strains of hpv you can contract. The vaccination is indicated for women of reproductively age, or with other risk factors for exposure to 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.?

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.?

Label confusion: HPV is a family of dozens of virus strains that includes the common skin wart. It also includes 9 strains that are known to cause genital infections, 2 wart strains and 7 associated with cervical cancer. Having HPV doesn't make you unique. Women have been getting pap smears for decades to pick up HPV related problems when they can be cured. Knowing this just makes you more likely to get your tests ...Read more

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WebMd says body clears HPV virus after few yrs. T or F? Does it go away 4ever? Dr dx w/hpv @22 but I got all 3 shots yrs ago b4 prot sex. I have gen w

Generally, yes. the: Virus eventually clears up. However, the damage to the cells on the cervix in particular can be long-lasting and may eventually evolve in cervical cancer. Immunization against HPV protects against the most common strains that cause genital warts and the strains most likely to cause cervical cancer. But, b/c it doesn't protect against ALL strains, it's important to continue getting Pap testing. ...Read more

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I have HPV and I'm not sure what that means for me. I am 48 yrs old and have HPV virus. What does this mean for me? How do I treat it? What tests do I need?

Label confusion: HPV is a family of dozens of virus strains that includes the common skin wart. It also includes 9 strains that are known to cause genital infections, 2 wart strains and 7 associated with cervical cancer. Having HPV doesn't make you unique. Women have been getting pap smears for decades for early detection/treatment of the HPV associated cancer. It just may make you more likely to do your follow up ...Read more

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What are human papilloma viruses (hpv)?

DNA viruses: Hpvs are dna viruses that can cause warts, premalignancy / dysplasia, and cancers in people. Some strains are associated with skin infections and cause warts only (like warts on feet and fingers). Other strains are more commonly seen on the genitals (cervix, vagina, penis, anus, etc...) and can be spread by sexual contact. The pap test and hpv dna tests and biopsies are used to diagnose hpv. ...Read more

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If I have the HPV virus, is my partner infected?

Not necessarily: The hpv virus is incredibly common. There are many strains out there too. Your partner may or may not be affected also you should know that men and women are not affected the same. ...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