I've Heard That Hpv Can Go Away Within 2 Years. If I Have Hpv, Get Treated & It Goes Away, Does My Partner Need To Be Treated Too If He Is A Carrier? Can Men Be Treated For Hpv?

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Luke Wilcox answered
Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted virus across the United States. Over half of those who are sexually active will contract HPV at some point in their lives. Since HPV often does not present any symptoms, many will have the virus without ever knowing that they did.  The virus generally will go away on its own although there is no specific time frame for when this will happen.
HPV itself has no treatment, however it can cause other problems that should be treated. The most common problem caused by HPV in both men and women is genital warts. Any man or woman that acquires genital warts should see a doctor and begin treatment for this problem. Typically genital warts are treated with medication and this prevents them from growing in size and number. It does not, however, remove the HPV from the body and prevent the spread of the HPV.
If a male is a carrier, he cannot be treated for HPV itself but he should be treated for any other conditions that the HPV has caused. In men this could include genital warts, penile and anal cancer. The HPV will eventually go away on its on. However, since the male has the virus and is a carrier, he should use precautions during sex to prevent the spread of the virus. Though the virus could affect areas outside of the genitals, one of the best ways to prevent the spread of HPV is to use a condom each time you have sex.
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Oh my god!!! Rayoflight is so wrong. You will not have hpv until death!!!! I have it so I should know. Listen, generally hpv will clear up on its own. But for that to happen you need a very good immune system (think orange juice and things that have lots of vitamin c) and a good ob-gyn. The only way it will not go away is if 1) you don't see the ob-gyn, or 2) it is already progressed to cervical cancer. And yes, you can still have kids but only if your ob-gyn says you can. It wont affect the baby because my daughter is healthy and I had hpv when I was pregnant with her. I may have been early (only 5 weeks) but that was because my uterus had stopped growing. But it wasn't because of the hpv. Rayflight get your stuff straight before you say those things. If you have any more ???s just ask. I'm always on here so the pepes that don't have it will be corrected when they say something wrong. Men generally get just genital warts like women and as far as I know there is no cure for men only because they don't have a cervix. So it wont hurt your hubby. Me and my hubby have already had that discussion with my doctor. If the warts are bothersome to either of you, you can get them laser removed by a doctor. You get hpv by having too much sex with out protection. So the best way to help you get rid of it is wear protection at all times and be faithful. He can pass it on to other women and you can carry it to another guy allowing him to give it to women so it's preet much a social virus. Hope I helped you. And good luck in the future.
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This isn't true. It never goes away completely, which is why people that have had hpv go to the doctor every six months. It can be prevented from causing harm to a baby and such with a good immune system, but it never goes away.
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You are a complete idiot. You cannot be cured from HPV. You can treat the warts and the cervical cancer. Get your facts straight before you start telling people they are cured. You are not helping, you are part of the problem.
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Lmbo....Kmsl......I think its not curable that's why its called A virus....
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It can't be treated, but if you build a good immune system then it'll eventually just kinds go away. Some people find out they have HPV and then some time later, they have a pap and it says they don't have it. So as long as you stay healthy and protected to prevent giving it to anyone else, or getting more types of the disease, then you should be good. Well, an STD isn't a good thing, but hey, when I found out I had HPV I was pissed. I cried and cried, but then I was told, it could have been worse. So I don't mean be thankful for having it, but be thankful you're not HIV positive or have AIDS. Sometimes people don't think about it that way because they think its the end of the world. Not to get to personal, but I'm young. I'm not even out of high school. That probably doesnt sound good, but you will not know if a guy has HPV. They can't get tested.

If you already have it, then just take care of yourself. Stay healthy.

If you don't, use protection. BUT sometimes a condom can't cover everything, so maybe a girl condom could be of better use. Make sure you know you're partner well enough and you guys talk about this kind of thing before you get involved sexually.

In having sex, you are playing russian roulette with your health and its kind of hard to avoid.
Another alternative is to remain abstinent. I know I know, I used to hate when people told me this, but when I tested positive, I wished so badly I would have listened.

But thats pretty much all the advice/info I have.

Fact: About 50% of men and women have HPV, and those numbers are bound to rise. You're not alone.
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Your not alone either..im a senior and found out i had it yesterday.ive only been with my bf and he got it from the girl he was with before me and had no idea he didnt have any sighns of anything it sucks how somebody u dont even know can have such a affect on your life. Now i wish i could yell to everyone make sure you go get checked!!but i would look like a crazy woman my mom doesnt know anything so my only support is him :( now i can only stay positive and informed and hope for better
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Hi. Do NOT listen to some of the comments listed below. These people obviously have not done any research, if not enough. There are countless websites that all state almost the same answer. www.cdc.gov  go to this website an educate yourself. I do not need to tell you what will happen. The cdc is a government organization that has professional researchers, people who actually study this stuff on a regular basis. HPV is starting to become as common as the chicken pox. Almost 50 percent of the country will or has gotten it and the numbers are expected to rise. Chicken pox clear with your immune system and then is cleared, it stays in your nerves but it is controlled and never contagious. No one is worried about giviing chicken pox anymore cause it has never come out. Although it may take time for certain strains of hpv to go away, you need to restrain from having sex, if you do not want to spread it and or if you have a special someone you 2 may pass it back and forth. Waiting up to 2 years is something that you may and I suggest must cope with, its like any other virus. The flu, swine, your immune system will clear it depending on the strain. Most cases it will. So don't blog about it find answers cause you will get a bunch of idiots who either keep having it because they keep sleeping around or don't have the patience to wait almost 2 years for it to clear so they are not passing it back and forth with there special someone. This goes for men and women. I hope the website I gave you helps you and not my advice.
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Hey guess what kids..Jessi4ever is right.  I just had a discussion with my doctor, and HPV goes away in most women within 2 years.
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Your body builds up an immunity to it..there for you are no longer contagious check all the web sites....some even say that it does go away completely. It just takes time for your body to rid yourself of the virus. New studies show that 90% of women rid their bodies of the virus. So no it is not something you have for life...unless you are in the 10% of women who can't fight it off. Also once you get rid of the strain that you have you can never catch that strain again. However you can get another strain.
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I have Hpv and recived it when I was 18, When first finding out about having it I cried I was scared and didnt want to go back. Then I got a pap when I was 20 and same thing, I knew I had to tell my partner of 1 1/2 and he was mad but I had to tell him, he eventually had to get over it but I was heart broken that I knew he could have it. But now I'm hearing condoms could'nt even help you! Ugh.. So now I'm keeping up with my paps and just ready to build a family.  Just pray and keep your head up don't stress urself out...KMB
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Viruses for the most part never go away and HPV is caused by a virus.  What the vaccine does is exposes your body to these broken parts of the virus so that your body produces antigens that fight it off before it can lead to genital warts or even replicate.  When you get genital warts is when there is so much of the virus that your white blood cells and antigens are outnumbered.  Over time your body CAN get rid of it to a point of complete extermination or/and control it to a point of causing it to go "dormant".  Remember that people live with MANY viruses in them that they are not aware of or think of, aka think of chickenpox (caused by a virus that stays with you for life and shows up on EVERY blood test you take).  Whatever you do don't harm you body anymore and avoid getting sick or catching anything else because your body will produce antigens and certain helper't cells and everyone know that fighting wars on TWO or more fronts is never as easy as fighting it on one.  Have faith because 90% of hpv will go away or go dormant, but for those who don't take care of your body and immune system as much as possible.
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My ex girlfriend was diagnosed with hpv. She was my girlfriend at the time. We had been together for 2 years, and remained faithful the entire time.  How long can it take for it go away completely? Does it go away for everyone? I have never got any genital warts, one time I had a red bump on my butt check that took like 4 or 5 weeks to go away but I don't know if that is a symptom?
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I was told in 2007 three years into my marriage that I had hpv. The I had another pap 6 months later and nothing. 2008 pap clear. Now I go in again in 2009 and the same Doctor tells me I have had it since 2007. Thanks to my cheating husband and his 2 girlfriends. How is this possible does anyone know.
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So what if you're having sex with the same person that you caught the HPV virus from? If you continue to have sex with just that person will you keep on passing the virus or will you both be able to develop an immunity to it if you're having sex with just each other?
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So many  uninformed people, if you have a healthy immune system it can GET RID of the virus, if not get rid of it it lowers the viral DNA to levels that after 6 months to 2 years down the road they can no longer detect it.

dermatology.cdlib.org target="_blank" rel="external">www.health-science-report.com you go, two references, you build an immunity to it, you no longer get the warts, your no longer contagious, so in a way some of the posts here were semi right in saying "it goes "dormant", unless you get AIDS you probably wont see a wart again, but I think the fact that YOU HAVE AIDS is something that would be more pressing on your mind than a few bumps.
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You should have one clarification that the HPV is not treatable by any medicine. The so called treatments available are for the symptomatic relief. Once positive for HPV then will remain positive or carrier till death. That is why it is necessary to go for pap smear test after every six months. Your partner if has warts then he should be treated for that other wise there is no treatment for carrier.
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Noobs... HPV sucks for both men and women. There are over 100 types. There are 14+ strains that promote cancer in both men and women. One of the leading causes of prostate cancer in men is HPV 16. I'm not 100% sure if the high-risk strains are killed by the immune system but I do know that common hand warts go away eventually but I don't think those are sexually transmitted. I'm keeping my hopes up and I believe that hpv will eventually clear up unless you have HIV or something.
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I have had hpv for about a year now, I contracted it from my ex fiance who is a family physician. This experience has really changed my life, for a lady with a masters degree in public health, I never saw this coming.

Like my doctor said, their are no absolute cure for this virus, you will have it for life. I just wished that I saw this coming, I guess you never know.
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It may go away. May not. The Low risk strain could be a mild case and can be undetectable. The body may clear it up. The High risk is the cancerous type and will never clear up. The body may not build cancer an chances are it will test you positive upon continual Paping.
It is undetectable in men unless their are warts on the genitals. Men can only be treated when warts are present.
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If I always have it? Wouldn't she get it again if we have sex after she's treated? They also told her that they have no way of knowing what kind of strain it is and that when they treat her  with gardasil it only helps for 4 different kinds of strains. What if it's not one of those strains?
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There is no cure only treatment to reduce outbreaks. Once you have it you always have it. Unlike regular warts which can be removed this stays in your bloodstream.
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Fyi -  genital warts are caused by the HPV virus but being diagnosed with HPV doesn't mean that you will have genital warts.  There are different strains.  I was diagnosed 4 years ago which means I get regular cervical cancer screenings each year.  Duh...pap smears...lol  which we women should get every year regardless.  Anyhow, I have had common hand warts but never genital warts.  Yes you are now contagious and no, it will not go away and is not curable but with a healthy immune system, it can become dormant.  The best treatment is just to maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect others through safe sex.  By the way...anyone can get it... My mom was a virgin and my dad had only had oral when they got married 25 yrs ago but she was diagnosed with her first pregnancy.  Somehow I guess he was a carrier.
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I have hpv and I'm getting treated for it. From what I know is that if you don't get treated you can have cervical cancer. But if you do then it will go away on its own.
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I was just told I have hpv. I have only had two partners. So anyone can get this, its not good news. The only way a girl knows she has it is regular pap smears and if they get warts. Unfortaly at this time there is no way knowing if a guy has it by testing! BUT IF THEY GET WARTS THEY DIFFERENTLY HAVE IT. MEN ARE CARRIERS. ONCE A GUY HAS IT THEY HAVE IT FOR LIFE IN LESS THEY SOME HOW COME UP WITH A CURE SOMETIME SOON. BUT INTELL THAN MEN HAVE IT WITH NO WAY OF GETTING RIDE OF IT BUT WARTS R CUREABLE.. HPV IS HARMFULL TO WOMAN BUT NOT TO MEN. Most types of HPV can be Cancereus. It starts with pre cancer and than leads to cancer. So Lady make sure you get paps done regular IT CAN  save your self. So lady be safe. You don't want hpv. I cried cause I could not figure it out what happen or how I got it! One of my two partners gave it to me!  Ok and the go away thing! The answer to that is. No you will always have the virus but if you have cancer cell than you need to get removed! Thats what I have and I had them scraped to day and they put me under and I had no idea what was going on while they were doing. That sucks not knowing. And after words it heard in my area down there for a few days and I felt light headed and could not do much of anything! So you lady out there take care of your self. This stuff it not fun and I hate it! Hopes this helps some of you! I went though it and I had to pass on what I learned. ITS A SCARY THING. I HAVE 4 KIDS TO LIVE FOUR AND SO I WANTED TO GET IT TAKEN CARE OF BEFORE CANCER TOOK PLACE. ILOVE MY BABYS AND I DID IT FOR THEM.

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