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HPV virus

(4 Posts)
Comps83 Tue 21-Mar-17 18:27:47

Ok, so forgive my ignorance but does the HPV stay in your system (dormant or not ) forever like herpes or does it go away and you only get it again if you catch it again?

BettyBaggins Tue 21-Mar-17 18:54:00

I maybe completely wrong and I'm sure I will be corrected if so but my understanding is there are two types of HPV, the one that causes warts and the one that can cause cervical cancer. Which ever one you have stays in your system. You can't re catch it if you already have it but you can, in theory, catch the type you haven't already got.

Comps83 Tue 21-Mar-17 18:55:32

My smear three years ago said I didn't have it but there was no result on this years letter.

PollyPerky Tue 21-Mar-17 19:40:37

Your immune system clears it so it doesn't stay forever. if you are re-infected by a new partner then it's there again until your immune system deals with it. Various factors can make it harder to clear ( diet, smoking etc) .

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