Can the type of HPV that causes genital warts eventually go away on its own?

by Rachel on April 12, 2011

A friend of mine recently noticed warts on her vagina and I know you can get them removed and they may or may not come back but I was just wondering if anyone from personal experience.. has gotten rid of it and it never came back. Thank you. Serious answers only.

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Kal April 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

The symptoms go away but the virus will always be in the body and may come back at any point in the future. It may go away for many years. But once you have it, you’ve got the potential for another break out for life.

Wavey April 13, 2011 at 1:17 am

Almost all types of HPV cause warts. Almost all types of HPV go away on their own. there are creams you can get to remove the warts, but the virus may have spread to her cervix, so she needs to get a pap smear from her OB/GYN. Some types of HPV cause cervical cancer and infertility. Go to the doctor.

Women Enuff© Founder April 13, 2011 at 2:00 am

Unfortunately, HPV cannot go away. You can have HPV for years and never know it. There are many different kinds of HPV.

There are treatments for genital warts, though the warts often disappear even without treatment. There is no way to predict whether the warts will grow or disappear. Therefore, if you suspect you have genital warts, you should be examined and treated, if necessary.

Depending on factors such as the size and location of your genital warts, your health care provider will offer you one of several ways to treat them.

* Imiquimod cream
* 20 percent podophyllin antimitotic solution
* 0.5 percent podofilox solution
* 5 percent 5-fluorouracil cream
* Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

If you are pregnant, you should not use podophyllin or podofilox because they are absorbed by your skin and may cause birth defects in your baby. In addition, you should not use 5-fluorouracil cream if you are pregnant.

If you have small warts, your health care provider can remove them by one of three methods.

* Freezing (cryosurgery)
* Burning (electrocautery)
* Laser treatment

If you have large warts that have not responded to other treatment, you may have to have surgery to remove them.

Some health care providers inject the antiviral drug alpha interferon directly into warts that have returned after removal by traditional means. The drug is expensive, however, and does not reduce the rate that the genital warts return.

Although treatments can get rid of the warts, none get rid of the virus. Because the virus is still present in your body, warts often come back after treatment.

seeker 101 April 13, 2011 at 2:41 am

yes in about 10%. but 90% predispose to cervical cancer. get a hpv pap every 6 months

Pamela Carrington April 13, 2011 at 3:35 am

no! HPV virus will stay in your body forever….
it is possible to get rid of genital warts but not from virus!
genital warts appears when your immune system is weak! so you must build up your immune system because it is possible that your body can get rid of genital warts by itself if your immune system will be strong! so eat more healthy food, more vitamins and more sport activities!

also you should use some herbal treatment!

in that case Wartrol is a good (probably the best) product that gets rid of genital warts and makes you feel more confident knowing that they wont reappear again! of course if you will use full course (5 months – if I remember correctly).

It worked for me!

I do not know if any pharmacies carry Wartrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here

good luck!

rmw0228 April 13, 2011 at 4:17 am

My sister was just recently diagnosed with Cervical Cancer caused by the Warp Virus (most commonly known as HPV) She has procedures coming up to rid of the virus but to answer your questions, the doctor did tell her that recent studies show that there is a way to rid of the HPV virus. This is not like any normal sexually transmitted diseases. There are several factors that help the HPV virus stay in a Human Body. Smoking is a bad habit to hold when diagnosed with the Warp Virus (HPV) The Nicotine in the cigarettes increase the speed of the HPV virus therefore helping the virus survive better in the human body. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise is very important. I am no genius in this area but the best person to talk to about this matter is your doctor. They have the latest information and studies and could provide you with this information you are seeking. As far as genital warts go, there are so many types of creams you can apply to rid of the warts temporarily. Check out There is a risk free trial or your money back guarantee on this product. Otherwise there are plenty of other products out there in retail stores to relieve your worries. Good luck !

xxamhxx April 13, 2011 at 4:17 am

HPV can stay in your system for years but can go dormant after about two years. She’ll need to get regular pap smears regularly though. If you get rid of them there is a good chance of them in the first couple of months but after that your risk of them coming back decreases.

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