Can you completly ride your body of the Hpv virs that cause genital warts ? I have no warts and no symptoms?

by Rachel on July 27, 2011

but I want the virus removed from my body so that I dont spread it to any new partners.

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paganmom July 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

There is no cure for HPV.

tarnishedsilverheart July 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Treatments remove the visible signs of HPV such as a wart or the abnormal cell changes of the cervix…but treatments do not remove the virus.At this time there is no cure for the virus.

Once your body builds immunity to your acquired HPV type you can’t get that type again. In some the immunity weakens and the virus reactivates and you have warts again. You can acquire new HPV types.

There is no way to guarantee that you will never share you acquired HPV type with a new partner. The virus can go from a latent state to an expressed state.

The primary goal of treating visible genital warts is the removal of the warts. In the majority of patients, treatment can induce wart-free periods. If left untreated, visible genital warts might resolve on their own, remain unchanged, or increase in size or number. Treatment possibly reduces, but does not eliminate, HPV infection. Existing data indicate that currently available therapies for genital warts might reduce, but probably do not eradicate, HPV infectivity. Whether the reduction in HPV viral DNA, resulting from treatment, impacts future transmission remains unclear.

The gradual development of
an effective immune response
is thought to be the likely
mechanism for HPV DNA
clearance.4 However, it is also
possible that the virus remains in
a non-detectable dormant state
and then reactivates many years
later. This may explain why HPV
may be newly detected in some older women who have been in a
long-term mutually monogamous
relationship.

http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/common-clinicians/ClinicianBro-fp.pdf

because the virus can move from latency to “expressed” HPV disease such as warts or cervical cell changes, it is not possible to guarantee that the individual will remain non-contagious indefinitely

http://www.asccp.org/hpv_history.shtml

As time goes on you are much less contagious…tell future partners of your past hpv infection and use condom. Condom don’t give full protection,,,but do offer some.

Lily L July 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

No one can answer this question, not even doctors. No one knows the answer.

It’s true there is not “cure” for HPV, but there is no cure for the flu either, and that doesn’t mean you have the flu forever.

With 2 years, HPV is usually reduced to indetectable levels in the body. With most viruses, you are considered cured at that point. There are notable exceptions, however, like HIV.

What is true is that after time has passed, you are usually much less contagious for HPV. And since HPV is so common, at some point your risk of passing on HPV is similar to someone who has never been diagnosed with it. That is why I believe that once you’ve gone a while without symptoms, it’s no longer necessary to inform your partners. You are not any riskier than any other person on the planet.

Or you could just tell new partners and recommend that they get Gardasil to prevent spreading HPV that way.

Good luck.

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