Quick Answer: Is HPV Infection Lifelong?

Is HPV contagious for life?

HPV can lay dormant for many years after a person contracts the virus, even if symptoms never occur.

Most cases of HPV clear within 1 to 2 years as the immune system fights off and eliminates the virus from the body.

After that, the virus disappears and it can’t be transmitted to other people..

Can HPV come back once it has cleared?

HPV virus does not come back once it has cleared – and it is very unlikely that you will catch the same type of HPV if you have had it. Unfortunately, however, we’ve seen that there are over 100 types of the virus, so you may well contract a different strain.

Can HPV be cured permanently?

There is no cure for the virus itself, but many HPV infections go away on their own. In fact, about 70 to 90 percent of cases of HPV infection are cleared from the body by the immune system. When treatment is needed, the goal is to relieve symptoms by removing any visible warts and abnormal cells in the cervix.

Is it normal to have HPV for years?

When the body’s immune system can’t get rid of an HPV infection with oncogenic HPV types, it can linger over time and turn normal cells into abnormal cells and then cancer. About 10% of women with HPV infection on their cervix will develop long-lasting HPV infections that put them at risk for cervical cancer.