Is Human Papilloma Virus curable?

by Rachel on October 16, 2010

My girlfriend went to the doctor today, and was told that she has HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). I just wanted to know if it is curable? Is it life threatening? Is there any foods she can eat to help get rid of it? Is there a vaccine?

Please help me. Anything will help.

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Cody K October 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

No. Sorry

pxtriaa October 16, 2010 at 6:20 am

Unfortunately not. Best thing to do is keep the immune system way way up and get frequent pap smears to keep up with how it’s going.

hecla 1 October 16, 2010 at 7:15 am
rose724 October 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

no it’s a virus she’ll have it forever. it’s not gonna kill her. you probably have it too. why didn’t she ask the doctor this stuff?

nanny411 October 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

no, it’s not curable- you have it for life. A huge majority of people who have had multiple partners have it and it passes around very easily. One thing women need to watch for is that there is a larger incidence of cervical cancer if you have hpv. Just have her keep current with those pap tests! It’s not the end of the world- after the shock wears off!

ryeguynz October 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

There has been vaccine developed against certain strains of HPV for women only but I don’t think it will help once HPV has been contracted. Some people are carriers and don’t experience any symptoms ever. There are about 200 strains of HPV of which only a small amount (4 or 5 i think) cause genital warts. Often the original infection results in warts if it is one of the strains that cause them but usually they don’t return once treated and the virus often becomes dormant and only resurfaces in the form of a small dry patch of red skin in the genital area, this is called viral shedding and is the virus trying to replicate and spread. You are at your most infectous when either warts or viral shedding is present. Some doctors believe you can develop immunity and your body learns to identify the virus and destroys it when it is detected in your blood stream. It mostly survives in skin closest to the surface where there is no blood flow so is not a guarantee. The warts causing strains are not linked to cancer however so thats one good thing but if you have one strain it is likely that you have others. It is everywhere so be careful and if you girlfriend has it then you probably do too. It can take two years to show itself and is transmitted by skin to skin contact. Regular PAPs are essential in preventing cancer for your girlfriend and can be transmitted even if no visible syptoms

versantly October 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

NOPE -use condoms.

mlk_maid October 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

Yes most cases go away on their own.

BJC October 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

The real answer to your question is yes, in most cases.

Our bodies’ immune systems actually clear the virus from our systems in the majority of cases.

Most HPV infections are acquired early (15-19 years of age) and the majority (>80%) of these infections clear spontaneously within 18 months. This is why most physicians will not treat an HPV infection until it has persisted for 18-24 months, as they are likely to go away on their own.

If your girlfriend continues to follow her physicians advice and undergo routine pap smears, there is no need to worry.

There is a vaccine that protects against 4 strains of HPV (2 that cause 70% of all cervical cancers, and 2 that cause 90% of all genital warts). The vaccine won’t protect a person if they have already acquired one of the four strains, but it will protect against the remaining 3 strains.

There really is no need to be frightened at this stage! People (like some of the previous answerers) only frighten people when they provide innacurate information.

Check out the following website for some great (and accurate) information on HPV:

Heather November 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm

i need some anwsers for a paper anyone know if its curable or not?

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