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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 say i got hpv when i was 15. I went to a couple doctors, got 'em frozen off, and then since i didn't have so mich of an itch or a bump for like almost 2 years, i started having risky sexy and gave it to people. There are many sites on here saying that after so many months, with no sign, your 'as good as any other hpv negative person' And now i'm being punished by everybody, being painted as some sexual predator, i swear(even though i've come to find out they could have stopped me at any time and told me what was up, so half of this IS ON MY FAMILY and anyone else who just let it happen). They think i did this all on purpose, like it was fun or some crap. I just wanted to let others know how easy it is to fall into that trap, especially when your doctor tells your months later they hadn't come back and then unloads that theres a chance the BUMPS wont. I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship and was desperate to believe anything, so i guess i convinced myself that I was fine. Dont let it fool you like it did me.

November 4, 2011 - 12:58pm
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cervugid is an Active Polyvalent on the entire vaginal pathological flora which causes cervical/vaginal and internal genital inflammation. The complex chemical composition of the drug, Cervugid (Ovules), assures the healing of all inflammation on the vaginal, cervical and interior genital organs, as well as pelvic inflammation.


November 2, 2011 - 8:23am

The hpv virus can become latent (inactive) but can become active again at any time. Since the virus can be harbored in so many various areas that are unseen it is impossible to know without testing if an active hpv infection is present. Unfortunately, since our medical community typically only tests the cervix a male or female can have active infection elsehere that is totally missed even with testing. Most colorectal surgeons/GI docs never heard of an anal pap or HRA, high resolution anoscopy, let alone how to perform one. Since hpv is harbored in semen as well it is always going to be a preferred choice to reduce exposure as much as possible which means having rotected sex all the time. Put bluntly, if men find it uncomfortable, I can provide dozens if not hundreds of stories, medical pictures etc of hat a woman must go through and even to lose her fertility just so a man doesn't have to wear a condom. That should be the least of hsi concerns.
For any doctor that tells you it is not contagious if you have no symptoms, remind him/her that this is exactly what they told the public for years about herpes and they no know that is incorrect. How many did they get exposed becuase of THAT advice?

Hope that helps. You may want to visit our new forum that can be reached from our main site: thehpvsupportnetwork.org

October 23, 2011 - 8:11pm
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I've always had this question, but no one could really answer it. If a person is infected with the virus but has no symptoms, would it still be contagious? Say they wait 24 months to have unprotected sex once again... would this mean their healthy partner can get infected?

October 23, 2011 - 5:50pm
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I ran into this page trying to find as much research on HPV. I recently found out I was positive, and my fiance and I have been going crazy, not being able to sleep, depressed, stressed. But after reading everyone's comments and tremendous support being HPV positive and fighting through it has definately helped me and has putten a relief on my shoulders. Its finally has given me some hope! :) I'm still in shock, but reading more will soon help me calm down, and relax. I'm scheduled for a colposcopy soon, so wish me luck! :) Thank you for empowher

September 20, 2011 - 3:51pm

I always suggest that every woman gets copies of her test results because you probably can't answer my questions unless you have them. Sometimes when a pap is done they will also run whatis called a "reflexive" HPV test if the pap is abnormal so I really don't know if an HPV test was run on you or not. You cannot tell by visual exam if someone has HPV unless it is genital warts which is caused by low risk strains of HPV. So unless you have copies to show the results of an HPV test then you would have to have one run to know for sure if you have HPV or not. Depending upon how long ago this was, some labs keep specimensup to 30 days and may still have your specimen to run an HPV test on. You can always call your doc's office and ask if an HPV test was done. If not, ask if they can contact the lab and see ifthey still have your specimen. If they do, ask that theyrun an HPV test on it, that way you'll know for sure. Since HPV can go dormant, it may be gone in six months but that doesn't mean you didn't have it so I'd suggest you either try to get one done if they still have the specimen, or ask your doc if you can come in for a repeat pap now. I've never heard about this dry cells business so can't really say about that. Chances are you don't have HPV but if it would make you more comfortable (andmake sure you explain that when you ask for a repeat) then go ahead and ask for it now instead of in six months. Once I started using the estrogen cream it helped a lot. Best wishes.

September 15, 2011 - 9:13am
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I am 67 years old and have been married to the same man for 28yrs without any problems. I had a pap test with closed cervix and so my Dr sent me to a specialist gynecologist, and also said l had hpv virus. I went for the appointment and the gynecologist redid the test with dilation. The results came back normal tissue and she said because the tissue was extremely dry the cells appeared abnormal but were not. She prescribed some estrogen cream and will repeat the test in six months. Does this mean I did not have hpv virus or not. i've never had any other problems with my pap tests. I was shocked when she said l had an std

September 15, 2011 - 7:47am

OK now that that's cleared up, did you have an actual HPV test becuas at your age, the HPV test is contraindicatd by the current guidlines. Was this just a visual exam where the doc said it was genital warts perhaps? Do you know for a fact that this "clean man" has NEVER had any genital contact with anyone ever becauwe as you may know transmission does not require intrcourse. Een deep kissing is now being linkd to transmission becuase it does exisdt in the saliva.
I don't know that you have to discuss your specific prior history with this new guy. You can tell him that you never had intercourse whic his true but that there are now numerous other ways that it has ben shown to gt HPV. You can een go to my site where there is an interview with one of America's TOP HPV docs talking about foamite transmission (other objects) and use the website as a means for discussion and learning between the two of you. I do caution you however even though you may say "It could never happento me". A young woman in her 20s recntly diagnosed with HPV informed HER partner and he beat her to the point of unconsciousness. I would not want you to put yourself in harms way over this either

September 13, 2011 - 5:31pm
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Sorry Bonnie, I wasn't in the best state of mind last night.
There were two people involved, the first involved some genital/genital contact but no sex. That was the first time anyone had been in contact with my genitals and vice-versa and was nearly two months ago. I spoke with him today and he had not been aware of the condition. I fear that I have indeed passed HPV on to the second person involved, we have had sex and I'm sure it's very likely. I have scheduled a pap smear exam in the next week and am trying not to unravel in the meantime, when I get results back I'll re-evaluate the situation and see where to go from there. Thanks for your help.

September 13, 2011 - 1:51pm

Hello Anon,
First off I'm confused by your post. You state you were "just" deflowered yet speak of what sems like another person earlier this summer. Is this one and the sme person? Because HPV rarely shows symptoms and can become dormant after contracted and show up weeks, months and even years lataer it is impossible to determine from whom you got HPV. Men usually show fewer symptoms than women and often do not know they have the virus unless he gets genital warts.
Eighty percent of hte population has HPV so your belief that you won't be having sex for a long time while you may feel that way at the moment probably won't be the case, unless of course this is a decision you're making versus your feeling that nobody would want to be involved with you. This isn't clear from your post. It's certainly nothing to be ashamed about. Many people and apparently you as well connect genital warts with being promiscuous. People can contract HPV being with just one person and it can be contracted w/o een having intercourse becaus it is transmitted by skin to skin contact. It can even be transmitted by someone touching an infected area on his body and then touching your genital area. Did you have an HPV test? How do you know that you do not have high risk HPV as well? This can only be determined via the HPV test and not visual inspection.
I'm sorry that you are having such a hard time wih this but you are certainly not alone. I would hold off saying anything to anybody until you have had things thoroughly checked out. If you could clear up what is a bit confusing that would be helpful also. I'm not clear if there are two people inolved here or one. Have you had a pap test done? If not you need to get that done and please be sure you get in the habit of getting copies of your results now. Were you ever informed about the HPV vaccine? You can still receive the vaccine to age twenty six and there is financial assistance from the vaccine maker. Check out Gardasil.com this can prevent the two high risk strains of HPV known to cause most cancers. It also protects against genital warts wich are caused by two strains, six and eleven. If you only have one of the two, the vaccine can protect against the other so please look into getting this. Normally it is recommended to your parents when you are about 12 but not all parents choose to have their children vaccinated which is truly unfortunate. If you can clear this up a bit I can provide more information. Meantime schedule a pap test to make sure you have no cervical abnormalities.

September 13, 2011 - 3:00am
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