Can you eventually stop being a carrier of the HPV virus?

by Rachel on June 3, 2011

I was diagnosed over 14 years ago. The doctor said it would never go away. Which I understand but I’ve only had one outbreak 8 years ago, and it was only 1 wart that showed up. So what I was wondering is there a point where you are no longer contagious?

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The Asian Dude June 3, 2011 at 2:17 am

Maybe by killing yourself..JK

Katie A. June 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

Current research suggests that it is possible to get rid of HPV over time; your body fights it off like any other infection. This is more likely if you have had fewer sexual partners since this means you are less likely to have gotten another HPV infection. If you are curious if you still have it, you could ask your OBGYN to test for the virus next time you go in to get a Pap test.

If your body has killed off the virus then you are no longer a carrier and cannot give it to anyone else- you can’t give away what you don’t have!

Leon June 3, 2011 at 2:36 am

You can only not be contagious if you can kill and remove the virus from your body! The good news is that you can kill and remove the virus from your body. But more importantly you must remove the virus because studies show that the herpes virus is linked to 85% of Alzheimer, Dementia, and Parkinson’s patients!

I had the virus for 9 years, and this is how I got rid of it….this is clinically proven and doctor endorsed so go remove that virus! This you-tube video explains it all.

cowboydoc June 3, 2011 at 3:21 am

“NO” like shingles, chicken pox, it harbors itself along the spine and stays there forever. It rises it’s head for reasons no one knows to infect and reinfect.

*Leah* June 3, 2011 at 4:18 am

You never stop carrying it and it is always contagious.

Lily L June 3, 2011 at 5:13 am

Please listen to Katie and NOT Leon.

Herpes and chicken pox are part of the same family of viruses that hide out in the nervous system. You immune system cannot irradicate the virus from the nerves, and so you always have it. They go into a latent stage, but there is alway the possibility of a flare up.

HPV is NOT part of that family family of viruses. HPV lives on the skin and DOES NOT hide out in the nervous systems like herpes.

You can fight off HPV just like you would the cold or the flu. You might still have viral fragments in your body, but you are no longer contagious and not experiencing symptoms. That is the most you will be cured of any virus ever. So yes, please ask you doctor for an HPV test.

tarnishedsilverheart June 3, 2011 at 5:32 am

Sadly there is no clear answer here. The body does build immutably to our acquired HPV type at that time we are probably less maybe not contagious at all. We just don’t get any guarantees because the virus can go from latent state to being active or expressed in some people or at a time the immune system weakens.

When a female has her pap test cells are collected looking for abnormal cell changes of the cervix only. If abnormal cell changes are seen then a second test immediately follows confirming high risk HPV types of the cervix. This test has its limits – 10% of women have a clear Pap when they actually harbor the virus – the test has to have a fair amount of cells to show as a positive – the most common HPV test screens for 13 high risk HPV types, this test doesn’t screen for low risk HPV types nor does it screen for all 40 genital HPV types. The HPV test is a screening for the cervix only. No cells of the vaginal or vulva area are collected. There is no HPV test for the entire genital area. There is no HPV test for the male. The virus is most contagious when you have abnormal cell changes of the cervix or visible warts. Testing doesn’t guarantee that we don’t have the virus in very low numbers.

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. Consistent condom use has been shown to reduce the risk of transmitting HPV by about 70%.

The inability to be 100% sure that an individual with a history of an HPV infection is no longer contagious should encourage honesty whenever a new relationship begins. This should be balanced with the fact that most people are exposed to this virus during their life, and that, for most, this virus does not usually cause great harm.

The majority of HPV infections are self-limited and spontaneously clear within a several-year period as a result of cell-mediated immunity

It is unclear how many HPV-infected women who become HPV DNA negative actually have complete viral clearance and how many continue to harbor the viral genome in the basal cells of the squamous epithelium, but at such a low copy number that they cannot be detected using standard molecular tests. Such undetectable, low-level infections are usually referred to as “latent infections” and are similar to the latent infections that are seen with herpes simplex virus and varicella zoster.

Kathy H June 3, 2011 at 6:32 am


Pole Dancing Ria June 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

You can no longer be contagious as long as the virus has been totally got rid of your body and system.

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