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Can HPV go away on its own?

By Anonymous April 13, 2009 - 1:08pm
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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the nurse at my doctor's office and she said that in some cases, the HPV will just go away and your body will recover on its own. If that's the case, how often does that occur? What are my chances that my HPV will just eventually go away?

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HI, im 24 yrs old about 8 years ago after having sex for the first time (we were both virgins). I noticed a white growth around my anus, i went tot hte gyno she said it was a wart and burned it off( so far im still clean) She never mentions HPV to me she said it was just a wart, now that i am older and have more concern about my health i realized that it must have been a low risk HPV that cause the warts i have been in a relationship with the same guy (now my fiance) for 7 years. He has never had any type of growth. I get annual paps and the have always been normal. I recently started thinking of when i had this problem and what little information the gyno gave me about my problem. I only went to that gyno for about two years and then switched gyno i never told my current gyno about the wart i had in the past because i didnt know that i was such a big deal as i do now. I guess my post is really for those who are dealing with these groth in their genital and feel ambarrased to get treated. I suggest that you do seek treatment and will hopefully stay away for years like mine did.

September 9, 2010 - 2:11pm
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Sorry, I'm the previous one who made the comment and hit the submit button by accident without completing my comment.

Nevertheless, I would still want to work out with my current boyfriend. But I believe he has too much reserves. As he worries that he will have health complications after getting infected with HPV and wouldn't be able to have a normal sexual life.

Thanks for all help.

July 25, 2010 - 9:43pm
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Hi, thanks for the useful information provided by all. Thou it made me realized I'm not the only one here facing similar issues, in regards to health and relationships and future, I'm still much worried about this whole HPV thing. My gynae had confirmed that I'd HPV and I'm currently waiting for my further report relating to cervical cancer. That is my secondary worry. What worry me most is that, I've told my partner that I'd HPV and he is very upset and disappointed over the fact that probably I've been the one who had passed on to him since he mentioned that his previous girlfriend was a virgin. Despite that it is uncertain who was the one who passed on to whom and the virus may be "hidden", I'm still feeling very sore over this incident and very bad towards him. I believe, our sex life would be greatly affected from now onwards, and our relationship is being put through a test with him most likely to leave me.

Well, my main concern is that, since I've HPV, my partner has it too. So does that means if either of us has sex with someone new, that person would be infected with HPV? Especially if we were to move out of the relationship and be someone else. Is it necessary to wait for a minimum of 2 years till the virus is cleared?

July 25, 2010 - 9:41pm
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Hi Info_please,

HPV has been known to disappear on it's own in some instances but routine check-ups are beneficial (once a year). Since you have your diagnosis now, your physician will monitor if there are any suspicious growths and also watch for abnormal Pap Tests.

Remember, there are many different strands of HPV and you may not be a carrier of the one that causes cervical cancer. Cancer.gov suggests that there are over 100 strands of HPV. It is important to have any benign lesions and/or warts removed when they appear. Monitoring your own body will help in this instance as well.

Sexually transmitted, high-risk HPVs include types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66, 68, and 73.

Many strands will go away on their own while others may persist. For more information, please check the Cancer.gov website here http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/HPV.

Does this help answer your question?

July 24, 2010 - 10:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

As I understand it, the HVP test detects only the high risk types you listed. Since HPV can persist for many years, the question is what is the appropriate monitoring? How often should the HPV test be given once HPV is tested positive? Annual Pap or more frequent? Annual colposcopy is positive? What additional monitoring should be performed if HPV positive for many years? Is annual monitoring enough?

July 24, 2010 - 10:45am

I am 43 and took the HPV test along with my annual Pap last year for the first time. To my surprise, as many others have said, I was positive for HPV despite being in a monogomous relationship for about 20 years. Even though my pap was normal, I was so upset that I insisted on getting a colposcopy as soon as possible. Luckily everything was fine even though my doctor did take a few biospies of suspicious spots. A close friend of mine (my age) had passed away from cervical cancer a few years ago, so I was well aware of her heroic battle and all she and her family endured. My questions are - should I repeat the HPV test and colposcopy if the HPV test is positive every year/or more often? I just had my annual appointment and my doctor thought the test would just show positive for HPV again and that the annual Pap was sufficient to show if there were any concerns that need follow-up. I have read that others with positive HPV get more frequent Paps. Should I be getting more frequent paps? Should colposcopies be a routine procedure for HPV positive women over a certain age? My doctor's position is that is would take years for anything cancerous to develop and that as long as I was having an annual Pap, problems would be detected before cancer developed. Am I worrying for nothing?

July 24, 2010 - 9:35am
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I'm 21 and recently beed diagnosed with hpv and I don't know how to tell my boyfiend. I'm scared for myself , but I'm also afraid of what can happen to him. Is there anything that my boyfriend do to protect himself?

July 23, 2010 - 12:42pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - This page is about HPV and men and provides a lot of information that will help your boyfriend. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm

July 23, 2010 - 4:13pm
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my name is nicole and i was wondering if HPV can go away by its own? i got HPV positive

July 19, 2010 - 5:13pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Nicole - HPV is a virus and you will always have it, it is not possible to eradicate a virus from the body. When people say that HPV "goes away" they are referring to the external expression of the virus in body tissues. That can be cleared up and "go away" and often does.

Additionally, some strains of HPV can lead to cervical cancer, which, if treated early, has an extremely high treatment success rate. I suggest that you go back to the start of this thread because it has a lot of helpful information about dealing with HPV. Do you have the services of a healthcare professional to help you deal with this? This isn't something that you should try to treat on your own.

July 19, 2010 - 5:24pm
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