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does HPV leave the body completely ?

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Old 11-03-2007, 08:20 AM   #1
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does HPV leave the body completely ?

I recently had a pap smear done and in addition also the HPV test to see for the presence of high-risk HPV. Both tests came back negative thankfully . In addition the annual pap smears of the last few years when I first started getting them done, all have been normal.

Does this mean that I have no high risk HPV at all or does it mean that it could be lying dormant and so has not been detected ?

If I only have sex with just one person now for the rest of my life, who happens to have no HPV , does that mean I don't have to worry about HPV anymore (since my test came negetive) or do I have to get the HPV test done every 3 years as they recommend along with the annual pap ?

I guess what my question comes down to is this - Assuming someone has the bad type of HPv at some point and then their body clears it , does it mean that that particular instance of infection has been cleared from the body for good or just suppressed ?

Any insights would be greatfully received. Thanks.

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Old 11-03-2007, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: does HPV leave the body completely ?

The virus can be expelled by your body, eventually.

Guys can't really be tested for HPV, because the virus is active only in women usually. So a guy who tests negative can have HPV. So can a woman who tests negative, because it could just be dormant.

As far as if yours is gone for good or just suppressed, I haven't found any information about how you can tell, but if you were positive for HPV and now you're negative it is possible you already got rid of it

Old 11-07-2007, 05:36 PM   #3
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Re: does HPV leave the body completely ?

The CDC (centers for disease control) says HPV stays with one for life whether you test positive or negative on the HPV test. You have to get your pap tests as recommended by your Dr.

Dr. Dean Edell says men can be tested for HPV by taking a sample from their mouth or thoat.


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