How long can HPV be in your system before you test positive?

by Rachel on May 10, 2010

Here’s the thing. On September 4, 2008, my Pap smear came back normal. On the one hand, I returned this year from 09 September in the abnormal smear. Even with a positive HPV. I’ve been married for three years and only with my husband. I try to know if he cheated. How long can HPV in your system before it shows positive? Please help.

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gweneverestar May 10, 2010 at 3:31 am

Definitely don’t jump to conclusions about your husband cheating. HPV can remain dormant in your system for up to MANY years. For example, mine did for at least 2 years before I just tested positive for it a few days ago.
When you’re body undergoes a great amount of stress (or anything that lowers your immune system) – this causes the HPV to actually start taking affect – which is why it wasn’t detected when it remained silent for that long period of time.

Lily L May 10, 2010 at 4:11 am

HPV can be in your system for years or decades without producing any signs or symptoms. The pap smear checks for cell changes that are caused by HPV, but it does not check for HPV. Most women with HPV have normal paps. HPV is a very bad indicator of cheating.

I obviously don’t know if your husband cheated on you, but an HPV diagnosis is no reason to think he cheated. If you have other reasons to think he cheated, you might want to discuss those with him.

hpv June 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

How do you know if you have HPV warts?Surprisingly, people will often mistake cancerous moles, calluses or corns for warts.

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