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HPV 'contagious' forever?
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HPV 'contagious' forever?

Once someone has tested positive for HPV, do they 'have it' FOREVER?  Is it still possible for me to pass HPV to my boyfriend after I no longer test positive?  
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Yes once you have a strain of HPV you can no longer get the same strain, you have it for life. However in most people there are no symptoms and in those who do have symptoms the immune system clears them within 24 months. Once you no longer test positive you can have sex with a new partner without disclosure. Meaning there is not a high risk of transmission. In some people there will be flare ups so yearly exams are important. If you share an HPV with a sexual partner you can't bounce it between you.
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