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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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I just wanted to let you know, I was diagnosed with HPV about 4 years ago. Two years ago my HPV was completely gone. I am HPV FREE! Just wanted you to know it is very possible for it to go away and my doctor told me that it is affirmative that it will go away after about two years.

May 10, 2012 - 6:33am
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I'm really confused and hoping someone can shed some light on my situation. I became pregnant with my daughter July 2009. During the pregnancy I developed bumps around my anus. During my pregnancy check up I mentioned them to my doctor. She looked at them and told me I have HPV. I had a pap right when we found out I was pregnant, a year after my daughter was born in 2011 and I just had another pap today. I don't know my results from today, but I have never had an abnormal pap smear and no test has ever said anything is wrong. I was told the strain that causes warts is not the strain that causes cancer, so I went ahead and got the HPV shots.

Could she be wrong and I really don't have HPV? Could something else cause warts during pregnancy?

I try to ask my obgyn questions and I feel like she blows me off. I asked her if there is an HPV test, she told me no. She basically tells me it's nothing to worry about and lots of people have HPV. I can't help but feel gross.

May 8, 2012 - 6:19pm
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I have been with 2 men. I was with one for almost two years. I had a pap when we first started dating and then another pap at the end of us dating. Both came back normal. Now, I recently started dating someone new. I went in for a pap about 3 months after we started having sex and I was informed that I had an abnormal pap with low grade abnormalities. I have also noticed some green discharge. Has anyone else experienced this with HPV? I have already been tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea that came back negative. Here are my questions:

1) Does low grade mean warts? or dysplasia? -Or will I not know till my coloscopy (sp?) next week?

2) Does this mean that my boyfriend could show up with warts at anytime?

3) Does this mean that from now on my boyfriend and I will need to use condoms to prevent re-infection?



April 12, 2012 - 5:16pm
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I just been informed that my wife has hpv after she just had my baby i am very worried that the baby could have it too is that possible? and what should i do to get rid of the hpv virus ?

March 30, 2012 - 7:41am
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I just found out I have HPV and I am pregnant I have only had one sex partner and I am hoping that the HPV cannot be transmitted to my baby I left my husband for other reasons and would like to be with someone else but I don't want to pass it to him as well they say it will go away but even if it has gone away can it still be transmitted

March 23, 2012 - 6:12pm

Hi everyone, um I'm not sure if I have HPV or not but I thought this would be a good place to ask this question:

Two weeks ago, I had a Pap done and just the other day my doc called to tell me that I had low grade SIL show up. She didn't say anything about HPV though. Does this mean that I don't have it? Or just that they are going to test me for it during my Colposcopy? I don't know if I should feel relieved that she didn't say HPV or if that would only set me up for heartache when she tests and confirms it. Idk how this works. I've monogamous for a year and a half, just got married a few months back. I know HPV can be dormant for years before you find out about it but... I just need to know if I have HPV, would my doc have told me when she called?

March 17, 2012 - 10:02am
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Hello .I was 17 when I was diagnosed with HPV..my doctor said it would never go away.when I got the papsmear which revealed the results I was having an outbreak.it wasnt painful in fact I Didnt know it was there!! It didn't really look like anything..just a whitish/gray discoloration around my labia (outer portion closest to anus). I was prescribed some sort of topical cream and the outbreak went away.I'm now 23 and have not had an outbreak since.I was wondering if it went away or are there other physical signs to look for

March 8, 2012 - 9:55pm
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I am the person that just posted re: genital warts, I also wanted to add, let's say i'm w/ the same partner from now until eternity and they have been tested and are hpv-negative. I'm a guy, so there is no test for me but I'd certainly like to fool around w/o a condom at some point in the future... I guess i'd just like to know that i will be able to do so at some point! and if so, when exactly! thanks again :)

February 29, 2012 - 9:23pm
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Okay, I'm a guy so maybe this is the wrong forum but I just can't seem to find a good answer to my question. Okay, I have genital warts (I type of HPV)... granted i should never have sex w/o a condom while i have warts and even then i can pass it along... and once warts are gone i can still put my partner at risk. but my question: okay it's now 2 years later and my body's immune system now has the symptoms in check (i know the virus will never go away) but can i still transmit it? Obviously if a wart came up i would use protection, but if i am without wart for a long time and my body has had time to keep the virus in check.. at what point can one have oral/vaginal sex without a condom?? I mean, for god sakes not every woman will perform oral sex with a condom on and i don't blame them.. but i still would like it at some point! and i'd certainly like to have children, which involves sex w/o a condom... I just need to know when can I potentially stop wearing a condom for fear of spreading a virus (if ever...) THANKS!

February 29, 2012 - 9:15pm

If you simply go back two answers ago of mine you will find your answer to the condom question. Virtually every question asked here has alrady been answered already but when you get to 25 pages it's a lot to read.
I have had HPV for 25 years , had 2 invasive cancers and precancers involving the cervix, vagina, vulva and anus as well. Everyone should just go out and get my book "Any Mother's Daughter" which is endorsed by and the foreword written by Harald zur Hausen, MD who received teh 2008 Nobel Prize forhis discovery that HPV causes cervical cancer. I am a freelance writer also and was asked by the organizers to give a presentation at last year's International Papillomavirus Conference in Berlin Germany. My site: thehpvsupportnetwork.org offers pages of resources, referrals, articles, video clips and a lot of other information everyone would find useful. Issues regarding shame, guilt, dealing with emotional issues are also covered in my bood and are a significant part of dealing with HPV. You can also contact me directly with questions if you wish.
But once again to answer the question HPV DOES NOT (NOT) go away permanently, it only goes dormant but most people will never make this distinction when telling you this. Once you have the virus you have it, PERIOD! Anyone asking again isn't going to change that fact unfortunately. It can and does often become dormant usually within 2 years and no you don't have to remain celibate but do read my reply above about codoms. It can remain dormant for months, years or even decades but you will still have the virus so don't ben fooled. Many women also think if they get the vaccine they don't need to worry about HPV.Obviously not true. With over 14 strains of HPV which are known to cause cancer the vaccine only cover 2 high risk strains (the most common) so you can always get another less prominent strains. As for the woman who has a positive HPV but mentoned nothing about a Pap or those results I fail to understand why you are having a colposcopy with only a positive hpv result and no pap. Did you have a pap? If so what were the results? If not a colposcpy is not indicated at this time based on the guidelines but to wait and watch.

February 3, 2012 - 1:52pm
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