How long does HPV remain contagious?
Symptom-free for more than 8 months?
Hello ma'am and welcome.
Thank you for writing to us.
I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help.
i should rightfully start by saying that you have a very good question which has been debated in many medical seminars and excursions. From extensive studies, some individuals (a very small percentage) have found to be contagious all their life. Although not all of them were immunocompromised (low or poor immunity), some of them certainly were. As for the rest, it has come to be believed that once you are symptom-free for a duration of 6-8 months, then you are considered non-contagious and can even be tested to be found HPV negative.
But there have been a few exceptions to this as well; a few cases reported transmission of HPV from an alleged symptom-free individual to a healthy person. But it has not been proven whether or not the transmission took place during a phase wherein the individual was presenting mild symptoms. As I said ma'am, this is a highly debatable topic.
But in conclusion, as a doctor and with my experience with the infection; I agree with the doctors who have said that once you are symptom-free for a period of 6-8 months, you can consider yourself to be HPV negative (just go for a test to confirm the same), and go about your life like a normal human being without worrying about anything at all ma'am.
I hope you find my response both helpful and informative. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, and I would be more than happy to help you.
Queries addressed ma'am
Hello once again ma'am.
You are quite right. As explained in my first response, some individuals can be contagious although they are symptom-free and have reported a negative result on tests. Although such situations have not been commonly encountered, they do exist.
The body's natural mechanism tries to fight all types of infection, whether low or high grade. But with a little help the low grade ones are easily treated, whereas, the high-grade ones are not only sometimes completely resistant to most treatment, but are also recurrent and can result in leaving the individual contagious for life. So the answer you are seeking is a 'Yes'.
The irregularity sometimes reported in your paps is common, but as long as they do not report an abnormality towards HPV it should not be a cause for concern.
I hope this helps in clearing the questions whose answers you were seeking. Please do not hesitate to write to me for any further clarifications. I am always here to help.
The User accepted the expert's answer
Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties
- How long before dry hpv dies
- How long does it take to eradicate hpv
- How long does it take to lose hpv
- How long does hpv last in men
- How long can hpv lay dormant
- How long does the hpv last in the air
- How contagious is hpv
- How long can men be hpv carrier
- How long will hpv stay without treatment men
- How long does hpv last