Can you catch hpv if you already have hpv?

by Rachel on August 2, 2011

the same strain, not a different one. Basicly is there a way to catch it from yourself if its so contagious.

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Danie Umno August 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm

No. If you have it already then that’s it you have it, but you should go to the doctor because that’s a serious problem.

You going possum on me ? August 3, 2011 at 12:15 am

If you have a certain strain and sleep with someone who happens to have the exact strain then no.

tarnishedsilverheart August 3, 2011 at 1:07 am

No you can’t get the same HPV type again. You can auto or self inoculation. The DNA of the virus enters our skin tissue The virus shed particles as our body sheds cells. These particles shed most when the virus is active. A sex partner can shed his HPV type or you can transmit the virus to other genital areas. HPV needs an inter point…so any micro-trauma (lots of friction with sex so micro-trauma are easily occurred) scratching can cause a micro-trauma or any kind of inflammation.

Once the body recognizes the virus…then the shedding of these particles is reduced at some point we probably don’t shed any particles. The virus can go from a sleeping state to an expressed state, this is why we might transmit the virus anytime after we have acquired it. The virus staying in the deeper skin tissue. Over time most of us build an active defense to the virus and at that point we are much less contagious…the shedding drastically reduces…maybe doesn’t happen at all.
This is a great diagram of the virus and the life cycle
http://www.bris.ac.uk/biochemistry/gaston/hpv_life_cycle.htm

*Leah* August 3, 2011 at 1:44 am

You can not catch something from yourself but there are a lot of strains of HPV which are all contagious, whether or not you already have one or more strains.

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