Hpv (gw)… Does It Go Away?

Posted in Uncategorized on Feb 23, 2010

Hello all…
I was recently diagnosed with HPV, genital warts (gw). I used the aldara cream, and they went away, and I haven’t had a trace of them since, for the last couple of months.
I have a couple of questions:
1.) I heard recently that within 2 years, in 90% of HPV cases (including gw), the strain of HPV is diminished by the immune system. Is this true? Meaning, barring any kind of immune system compromise (I am very healthy.. ridiculously strong immune system), I should expect to be tested negative for gw hpv in the future?
2.) I know I still have the virus… but it is dormant. I have no signs what so ever of them. Could I spread the virus to others?
I’m 24/f, and very healthy like I said. I got the HPV vaccine about a week after becoming infected (not knowing I was infected).
Thank you so much in advance for your help!

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  1. My HPV did, but I never got warts. There are many strains of HPV, not all of them actually cause warts. Most cases of HPV burn themselves out in about 6 months….most people don’t even know they had it.
    HPV is way more common than you might think. I think it best to see a doctor, just because the “bumps” went away doesn’t mean the HPV did too.

  2. Kat says:

    Hello ,
    I was just thinking this would be an excellent question to talk with to your Dr. That way you would get accurate information. Your 24 years old so it shouldn’t be embarrassing to go to the Dr. Kids usually ask these kinds of questions because they don’t have the money (even though free clinics are available) to go to the Dr. or are embarrassed &just scared .So get accurate information and go to your Dr. These people on here just want points and will tell you what you WANT TO HEAR.Your an adult & should know that.
    Good-Luck

  3. tarnishe says:

    In many cases HPV is controlled by the immune system…not causing any more problems…sometimes age or other illness can cause the virus to reactivate. Thus far no one can tell is 100% that the virus is diminished but it is just in such low viral load it doesn’t cause any more problems after a couple of years.
    Our Pap smear and our HPV test is only a screening for the cervix…genital warts are usually diagnosed through a visual. Your Pap smear is not a screening for the vulva. A Pap smear looks for abnormal cell changes of the cervix…an HPV test screens for 13 high risk HPV types…it is not common to screen for low risk HPV types of the cervix…because these HPV types are not seen in cancer. Your HPV test will be negative when your cervical infection is at a low viral load.
    You can acquire new HPV types…they are 40 high and low genital HPV types. Many people carry multiple HPV types.
    Yes, there is a possibility that year after acquiring the virus that you share your virus with a new sex partner.
    The vaccine can’t prevent the HPV type you have but you may not have all 4 HPV types that the vaccine prevents.
    It is important to tell a new sex partner about your past HPV infection. A new sex partner may never show signs of the virus…
    HPV can be contracted from one partner, remain dormant, and then later be unknowingly transmitted to another sexual partnerhttp://helpforgenitalwarts.com/genital-warts-pictures/" /> the research team reports that a viral replication protein known as E2 binds the circular viral DNA to cell structures called spindle fibers that are present in a cell when it divides, a process known as mitosis. In mitosis, a single cell divides in two, creating two genetically identical daughter cells. By latching onto the spindle fibers of the cell as it divides, HPV DNA also divides and replicates itself in each of the new daughter cells where it can continue to replicate and persist indefinitely.
    “In effect, HPV is able to mimic our own chromosomes, behaving as a sort of ‘mini-chromosome’, independently replicating and keeping pace as the cellular chromosomes replicate and the cell divides,” says Tom Broker, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics and co-author of the paper. “This allows the virus to remain in our bodies indefinitely, with the potential of causing serious disease years, even decades, after first exposure.” http://helpforgenitalwarts.com/genital-warts-pictures/" /> The primary goal of treating visible genital warts is the removal of the warts. In the majority of patients, treatment can induce wart-free periods. If left untreated, visible genital warts might resolve on their own, remain unchanged, or increase in size or number. Treatment possibly reduces, but does not eliminate, HPV infection. Existing data indicate that currently available therapies for genital warts might reduce, but probably do not eradicate,
    The natural history of genital warts is usually benign, but recurrence of genital warts within the first several months after treatment is common. Treatment for genital warts can reduce HPV infection, but whether the treatment results in a reduction in risk for transmission of HPV to sex partners is unclear. The duration of infectivity after wart treatment is unknown.
    Even with treatment, it may not be possible to eradicate the HPV virus from the genital area; therefore, it is possible that the warts will recur. There is currently no treatment that will eradicate the HPV virus itself.
    http://helpforgenitalwarts.com/genital-warts-pictures/" /> Removing genital warts does not cure an HPV infection. Although warts may go away with topical treatment, they may return because the HPV virus may still be in the body’s cells.
    Even if genital warts have been removed or destroyed:
    You may still be able to infect sex partners with HPV.
    http://helpforgenitalwarts.com/genital-warts-pictures/"




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