Re: genital warts - latency period
Hi cinsing, I had found out I had genital warts after being married for 16 years (monogamous relationship). So obviously like you I had HPV form 16 years or more without any signs or symptoms. Since there is no way to find out when exactly I got it I cannot say if it was before I was married or not. I've always had normal paps but with the biopsy of warts, they determined I had VIN III, severe dysplasia on the vulva area-------not to say that always happens but just be vigilant about regular exams. They did the acid (vinegar solution) test on my 3 times now and 2 of the times abnormal cells, they removed them and biopsied. So it can be weeks, months or years before HPV can show up. My husband has never had warts. I don't think hormone changes would bring the warts on but any if the immune system is weakened that is prime time for HPV to 'come out'. Hope this helped.