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Can my HPV still be spread after clearing up?

By Anonymous September 8, 2009 - 11:46am
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I was diagnosed with HPV 24 months ago during one of my first OB appointments. After giving birth, at my 6 week check up with my OB/GYN my tests cam back normal, no HPV. Is it possible to spread the virus now that mine has cleared up?

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Hello anon, thanks for your question. Your question is a common one and according to www.hpvinfo.ca "the immune system will eventually develop protection against the virus, preventing HPV from leaving the cell and creating lesions, or transmitting the infection to babies or partners. Most people that get an HPV infection will have it for life, but their immune system protects them from recurrences."

According to the Web site, "years after successful treatment, a wart or a precancer or a cancer may reappear because of a waning immune response such as what happens in pregnancy (immune tolerance), in treatment of cancers or after a graft or in the case of AIDS or HIV infection (immune deficiency) or when we get old (immunosenescence)."

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September 8, 2009 - 2:22pm
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