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Can your immune system "clear"HPV after it's been in your system over 2 years

By Anonymous October 14, 2010 - 11:29pm
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A lot of sites I have seen said that it may clear it or suppress it in most people within 24 months. Is it possible for it to clear after this time frame? I've recently started a new diet and exercise regimen and I have started taking multiple vitamins to build my immune system.

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Disagree. New medical research is certainly showing that your body can essentially rid HPV because it is a virus and the myth that a virus is in the body for life is an urban legend because of the fact that our bodies can figure out a viruses DNA code, thereby producing a pathogen that can kill the virus. However, if one's body is not able to rid the virus, the immune systems can produce anti-bodies that may suppress the virus indefinitely. Again, the only way a person can lose the specific ant-bodies which are specifically created to fight the virus is if there is a severe breakdown in the immune system (i.e. HIV, AIDS or Cancer).

December 1, 2010 - 10:28pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

As a Nurse Colposcopist I fully agree with your comments. It is a known fact that HPV is a transient infection for most people and only a few of us unfortunately will not be able to clear it from the body.

January 5, 2011 - 1:54pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for your comments. There are several websites that make blanket statements that all HPV will automatically clear from the body and that type of information puts lives at risk.

January 5, 2011 - 5:24pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

HPV is the most commonly acquired STD. There are over 100 different types of HPV infections that occur in humans. Over 85% of sexually active women will have HPV infection at some time in their lives. In some HPV will cause genital warts, in others it will not cause warts but may lead to changes in PAP smears. In nearly everyone who gets HPV, warts or otherwise, the infections will resolve by themselves without therapy in 1 to 2 years. In a very small minority of women, HPV infection can persist and lead to the pre-cancerous lesions that PAP smears detect and which can then be treated.

There is a lot is mis-information out there and our knowledge about HPV infections is changing rapidly. A small proportion of HPV infections do persist but the idea that a person who has had an HPV infection is never clear of HPV is just plain wrong.

August 22, 2012 - 7:24am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Susan Cody's comments are accurate. If you have links to valid scientific reports that support your statements then please provide them so we can review this information. Thank you.

December 3, 2010 - 4:21pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question!

There is no 'cure' for HPV and even with clear pap tests, it's still in your system, but dormant.

The good thing about a healthy diet and exercise regime is that your immune system will get stronger and it's possible to stay dormant for life (but pap tests are still a good idea - at least every two years). However, at this time, no-one is 'clear' or HPV free after some time, even when pap tests look good. It's something you (and millions others) will have to live with but live very well!

I hope this helps you and keep up with your healthy lifestyle!


October 15, 2010 - 12:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

What Susan says above is wrong. Most of us who do come into contact with HPV will clear it from the body and only for a few of us will it remain dormant.

January 5, 2011 - 1:43pm
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