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ask: Can HPV go away on its own?

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I was just diagnosed as being positive for HPV and will have a culposcopy in a few days. I've done some research and have read that once you have HPV that it will never go away. But I asked the nurse at my doctor's office and she said that in some cases, the HPV will just go away and your body will recover on its own. If that's the case, how often does that occur? What are my chances that my HPV will just eventually go away?

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Dear all,

It was just recently that I got my PAP test abnormal and findings was CIN 1. Good thing I found this site. I
Am really scared. I have had a few sexual relationship within 2 yrs and I believe this is how I got it. Given the fact, I was in an on-off or non labelled kind of relationship with a guy I met a little over a yr ago and I'm not sure if he is the one who I got this from. He lives overseas and just recently we decided to start a real exclusive relationship. I plan to see him this mid- March. Does that mean I could not have any intimate moment with him during that time? Also, I really don't know how to bring this topic up to tell him about HPV. Im so scare, pls let me know your thoughts. I don't want to lose him and I really am afraid to tell him.

December 31, 2011 - 7:26pm
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December 22, 2011 - 10:52pm
Bonnie Diraimondo RN

Many of the answers to your questions depend largely upon whether you are dealing with low risk (genital warts) or high risk (cancer causing) HPV strains. All of the above that you mentioned are possible.

Contributory factors such as smoking, early onset sexual intercourse, multiple partners generally increase the risk for chronic infection. Also even if the two of you both have HPV it is especially important that the couple use condoms. One might wonder why if you are in a monogomous relationship and the answer is that HPV is contained within the man's semen. This can result in an increased viral load for the woman and one which could potentially push her immune system over the edge in handling the virus if that makes sense. I hope it does. No it isn't pleasant to need to be using condoms especially in a monogomous relationship but it could also prevent you from having to confront more severe HPV lesions and possibly cancer. Hope this helps.


December 22, 2011 - 7:28pm
EmpowHER Guest

Question....if we breakout once and goes away does it mean the breakout will come back again sometime in the future for sure? Or could we just always be infected with no breakouts? Will our partner get any infection in the mouth through oral? Also...if we both have it will it make anything worse if we continue to have sexual contact like will the hpv get worse while having sex if we are both already infected?

December 16, 2011 - 8:51pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question.

It is common for an outbreak of genital warts to signal to a person that they have HPV. Once treated, it' also common for that outbreak to be the only one in a person's lifetime, due to the body's ability to suppress the virus even though it does not rid itself of it completely. But if a person becomes unwell or has a compromised immune system, another outbreak can happen. The more healthy a person is, the less likely a second (or more) outbreak is likely to happen although of course, there are no guarantees.

I hope this helps and thank you for writing.


December 22, 2011 - 12:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

I have had HPV since the age of 14 now Im 25 and there are times when I show no signs for months but then here is comes again , I have learned that it will always be there however, I can control it. My partner of 2 1/2 years hasnt contracted it bc I dont have intercourse with him during my outbreak.... Things could be worse believe me. Signs are itching burning bumps in some cases but not all. It is nothing to be ashamed of some of us caught it due to other people. Just be sure to keep all doctors visits and have random pap smears. Thanks

December 16, 2011 - 8:39pm

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December 2, 2011 - 8:23am
EmpowHER Guest

Yes everyone is different just need to go to the doctor and find out whats going on exactly but never just think a breakout will just go away. You shouldnt always believe what you read online not everyone has the same body or symptoms and there are many types of hpv its insane but dont get frightened by the people that will always t ry to make you feel that hpv will make you feel miserable the world is filled with people Who may think they know it all. How are you sure they are really even in the medical field anyone can copy paste. See YOUR doctor!

December 1, 2011 - 10:36pm
Bonnie Diraimondo RN (reply to Anonymous)

It's unfortunate when people choose to be so vocal yet cannot even list their names. I do not know specifically whose comments you were referring to but since they followed mine - how do you know if the person is even in the medical field, I, unlike others list my name and credentials as an RN and my site unlike some other disreputable sites on the internet which give false information is certified by HONCode for providing accurate medical information.
Iam the author of a book which is not only endorsed by, but the foreword written by the Nobel Prize recipient in medicine for discovering that HPV caused cervical cancer. He has recommended that not only patients, but doctors as well read my book. I also just returned from Berlin Germany where i was the first patient advocate in its 27 year history to receive the honor of being asked to give a presentation at the international papillomavirus Conference. I maintain certification in courses related to HPV that many doctors do not even take, nor could many of them pass.
Of course any time a patient discovers any lesion or feels ill they should consult their doctor but not all doctors are fully educated in HPV so it is worth it to educate yourself as well. Too many people are diagnosed too late and/or die because they minimize the possible ramificatios nof HPV or think it can't happen to them. 80% of adults will have an HPV infection by the time they are 50 and that comes from the CDC. That means for every ten people in a room with you eight of them have encountered HPV. There is also a vaccination available which people with don't know about or fail to take advantage of. HPV is NOT just cervical cancer as many believe, and minimizing it isn't going to change the truth.

December 2, 2011 - 11:45am
Bonnie Diraimondo RN
If anyone has questions, they should go to The HPV Support Network! It is untrue that HPV just "goes" away, it goes dormant and can come back months, years and even decades later. Not everyone who has HPV will have high risk lesions and not all those with high risk lesions will go on to develop cancer but unfortunately, and contrary to the comment above, it is NOT always OK.Thousands of women die every year from cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancer related to HPV. Having lived 25 years with HPV and survived 2 invasive cancers I know how bad it can be and am very familiar with how it feels to get stuck with needles "down there" (over 3 dozen times)December 1, 2011 - 5:18pm
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