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More on the Ultimate Controversy: Does HPV Go Away on Its Own?

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In my earlier article, The Ultimate Controversy: Will HPV Go Away on Its Own? I talked about this controversial question.

The answer you receive from a health care professional may be yes, but this is not actually the case. It is being given in a certain context (which of course is NOT explained) and leads to much confusion.

The context essentially is that it typically takes up to 24 months for the body’s immune system to render the virus dormant. The answer yes is because of a lack of understanding.

Because of a lack of education when it comes to the medical aspects of the virus, HPV leads to confusion of our educators and confusion for the patients.

Our educators, i.e., our doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals fail to understand that a simple word like “clear” can create such confusion for patients and lead to the belief that the virus is literally gone because it does not show as positive on an HPV test.

Worse yet, women equate a negative Pap smear with not having HPV. Why? Because they have never been told otherwise and mainly because the emphasis has been placed on HPV as it relates to cervical dysplasia (cell abnormality) and cervical cancer and not much else.

When those responsible for explaining HPV to us understand for themselves that HPV can become dormant for weeks, months, years and even decades; when they understand that the HPV DNA remains within our cells; when they understand that HPV is responsible for far more than cervical cancer, only then can they accurately and adequately educate us regarding the true answer to this question.

Cervical cancer was the first cancer connected with HPV. Since that time, HPV has been connected with vaginal, vulvar, anal and oropharyngeal cancers as well as penile cancer.

Unlike bacteria, a virus requires access for its DNA into our own cells to replicate.

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