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I was diagnosed with genital warts back in 1999 17 years ago never had a outbreak till about 2 years ago

By Anonymous May 10, 2017 - 4:20am
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And now i get an outbreak about once a year. And i recently had a pap in october 2016 and it came out clean. So why no outbreaks for 17 years and now all of a sudden i get one but pap turns out okay. And do i go get another pap done to make sure their not on my cervix? I did have biopsy in 1999 shortly after they told me i had it.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to us with your questions.

Your gynecologist will determine how frequently the Pap smears should be done.

Infection with the HPV virus infects at least 50% of all people who have sex at some time in their lives. Often, people don't have any symptoms and the HPV infection goes away on its own. Some types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer or cancer of the anus or penis.

Often, there are no symptoms of an HPV infection and the body clears the infection on its own over the course of a few years. Some people never know they were infected. In fact, research has found that about 90% of women infected with HPV show no traces of the virus within two years.


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