Re: HPV and long term partners
i was given to understand that once infected with a certain strain of hpv, one has it, and the immune system can suppress it, but if your immunity is compromised (for example, a period of high stress, or the onset of a disease) the infection can resurface, or become active. this may or may not cause cell mutation to occur, depending on your immune system's response to the reactivated infection.
also i was told that if one has a certain strain of hpv, it does not prevent them from contracting another. that would mean that after your infection "clears", you are still suceptible to becoming infected with another strain. hpv has over 100 subtypes.
the best way to ensure your overall health is to get women's exams yearly, and follow up on any abnormal result.
best of luck.