Re: How long does it take for HPV to go away?
How long - depends on how healthy your immune system is.. some people never see symptoms manifest, others take awhile to clear
How severe - all depends if you are speaking of high risk or low risk. Low risk HPV is responsible for genital warts. High risk, on the other hand, rarely has any external symptoms and can only be found during a pap smear (and then if the ob/gyn has a reason to do an HPV test - it test if the high risk strain is present)
If it is low risk and you are experiencing physical symptoms because of it, get with a Dr. and get it treated. There are treatments available that can remove the external affects of genital warts.
As to intercourse, there is no reason you can't as long as you feel physically comfortable with it.
Just make sure you partner is aware, because HPV can be transmitted via intimate skin to skin contact, while practicing safe sex lowers the risk of transmitting HPV, it does not REMOVE the risk entirely.