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Will I have HPV forever?

I'm a guy, 25 years of age. Had HPV for about 2 years already. I read that most people clear it within 2 years but I'm already past 2 years. Does that mean that I will have HPV forever?
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Most people means 90%...10% is obviously not a small number. I also ever asked this question to my doctor and he said it doesn't mean this 10% would have it forever, it might take longer time like 3-4 years to suppress the virus, but it's highly unlikely you would have it forever although there's a chance you would have it for even more than 10 years (but again, highly unlikely)
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You are still having wart outbreaks after the two year mark?  I assume that is what must be happening.  You will definitely not have this forever my friend.  The virus has many strains that form genital warts so the difference in viral expression may be tied to this among other things.  My original buddy on this site who no longer posts, Daskapitol, was dealing with his at the two year mark too.  It happens.  If you get down shoot me a message to my inbox and I'll forward his letter to you. It really put things in perspective for me.  
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@vandykd3, you have his letter? Please forward his letter to me, i would want to see too
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I have read someone who had it for 6 years! Oh my God! 6 years! (freaking out)

And yes, vandy. I still have warts outbreak after the two years mark. I had oral warts about a year ago and they didn't come for more than 6 months...so technically, I should've been cleared from oral warts but bam, it came back!

The doctor said it was probably because I touched my lips after I touched my genital but I did no such thing. No one with genital warts would go touching their anus or mouth after they touch their genitals... =(

And Vandykd, could you also kindly forward his letter to me too? I'd really appreciate it.
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@iGrief although i have said and will say it again now that the number of "90% people cleared the virus within 2 years" is probably a bit BS but i still believe the real number won't be far below that (prob 80%). The reason why im telling this is because im also actively involved in a local forum that also talk about this specific virus. There were like 9-10 members who all said they never had any outbreak anymore in the past 12-36 months and the last time they had outbreak was actually 6-18 months AFTER the initial infection.

Means that what doctors said about HPV would clear up by itself ater 8-24 months is definitely true for them. You have to keep in mind though that 10-20% aren't really small number and someone who said he still had it for 6 years is definitely one of these small numbers. Would anyone post in a forum if he never had any outbreak within the past 6 years? Mostly nope. Would anyone post or complain if he still have another outbreak after 6 years? I believe the chance is very high.

That's what happened. How come he still have it after 6 years? I believe he's one of these 10%, and remember 10% is not a very small number unfortunately :(

My last outbreak was exactly a month ago (11 months after initial infection), myself have already started to fear that I would have this virus as long as you but I'm always hoping this won't really happen to me.
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and actually the estimation about "6 months mark between outbreak" is totally wrong iGrief. Not sure who told you that because as far as I know medhelp doctor mentioned 8 months mark
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Most of them I've read and people I spoke to always tells me about 6 months. So that's where I got the assumption that 6 months = "HPV-free".
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The doctors on this site say that 6 months is a rule of thumb only and not set in stone.  They used to say between 3-6 but lately they've been saying 6 more often.  Basically they take this from the fact that most outbreaks the reoccur do so with three or four months and so if you've managed 6 then there is a good chance your immune system has contained the virus and you are no longer contagious.  
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I'm at higher risk of HPV than you, I think. I had quite a lot of sex partners. I assume I have had high risk HPV. Unfortunately I do not know if I really cleared it. And I may be developing an auto immune disease of low thyroid level, which I am probably about to get corrected with medication and back on track!

The good news is that you most likely clear the HPV if you conscientiously do the right steps to avoid making it worse. If you smoke, quit smoking. If you drink heavy, drink moderately or not at all. One of the doctors on the expert site thinks my seven glasses of wine per week is very low risk. Also very important. You need to load up on fresh vegetables and fruits. Lots. By lots I mean nine to thirteen servings a day. You can eat three fruits in the morning, four vegetables at lunch time and four at dinnertime to make eleven servings. High servings are very important. Vegetables have trace micronutrients that work together to combat viruses. I got this information from medical studies on web sites that high vegetable diets are effective to prevent HPV from becoming cancerous. Avoid restaurant food, which is high in sodium and low in nutrients. Pack your own lunch for work, since you control the nutrient level and sodium level. Also, a little chocolate every day is helpful to prevent oral cancer.

Of course avoid obesity. Instead of meats, eat fish daily, primarily those high in Omega 3s. And exercise seven days a week for at least half an hour. Add weight bearing exercise to that.

And see your doctor and dentist regularly. Get annual doctor physicals. Get semi-annual dental checkups and maintain great gum health. Floss!

The point is to keep your immune levels very high. I do all these things due to blood pressure issues in my family history.
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I don't smoke and I don't drink. I also eat some fruits or drink fruit juice after my meals during lunch. I do work out about 3 times a week, simple weight lifting. I'm underweight, not obese.

I have a history of fallots tetralogy, it is a heart condition. The doctor assumes that this might be the reason why it takes longer than usual for me to get well.
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@soscared, when you mean vegetables, what kind of vegetables? Be specific please because we all know not all veggies are good for immune system. For example, orange provides vitamin C and apple provides vitamin A but both dont have vitamin E, you get what i mean? We need to know which fruit contain something and which fruit contain something else so we know what to eat.
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A variety of fruits and vegetables. I eat 10 servings per day, and each serving is different. The combination includes micronutrients, which work together to help fade HPV into dormancy and strengthen your immune system. Add two cloves of crushed garlic per day. I read up on it last night that the garlic works in your blood as a antibiotic to fight harmful bacteria.

But there is no other fruit or vegetable in particular. Most have vitamin A and C. You do not get the micronutrients in a multivitamin. Use fresh vegetables, avoid canned vegetables, they are good, but high sodium.
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ok how about spinach and kangkung? I dont know what kangkung means in English but here's basically:

http://www.google.co.id/search?q=kangkung&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=id&tab=wi&biw=1680&bih=891

and how about tomatoes?

It's kinda hard to buy fresh vegetables from traditional market and cook them up by myself considering my daily routine would prevent me to do all that, so usually i have to buy meals by myself, and this is where it gets ugly (most restaurants/small cafes dont serve based on nutrition).

I also eat this daily since 2 weeks ago:

http://img7.tokobagus.com/24/18/2428187_7888851_detail.jpg

it contains vitamin A to K, iron, zinc, and all that, and I think it's kinda popular in the US (i read in msnbc that members mark and some other products pass the test for daily multivitamin that are safe bla bla bla)

Do you think it's helpful?
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and soscared, when was your last genital wart outbreak, may i know?
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Kang Kong is very healthy. Hypothyroid people should avoid it since it contains goitrogens. Tomatoes are also an excellent choice. Note that very few vegetables contain 100% of your recommended amount of any nutrient. This is why you have to eat a combination. The best way to do this is to eat different colors: Orange, red, yellow, green. At least one selection from each color per day.

I also found a website saying that garlic, chopped up and set out for a few minutes, then put on food, is very healthy. After chopping or crushing, letting it sit a few minutes will give the alliinase enzymes in garlic an opportunity to work on behalf of your health. Notably, garlic has antibacterial and antiviral benefits. Daily intake of one or two cloves of garlic lowers the risk of several types of cancers. There are a variety of web sites of garlic getting rid of HPV.

I never had a diagnosed genital wart outbreak. I am susceptible to oral HPV based on my history of having more than six female partners and giving them oral. I did not know the danger at the time. But a few months ago found out through the sensationalist media and they scared me. Fortunately I found this Med-Help site and especially the experts on the STD site. Unfortunately there is one or two lurkers here who post randomly and try to scare people. I try to tell people to trust the community members who have been given high ratings - links on the right. The lurkers who try to scare people don't get any "best answer" rating. That tells you something!
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hey thank you. That's really helpful (about food recommendation)!
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I thought I would clear HPV within a year and just forgot about it and became sexually active. And then I went to my doctor and tested positive once again. Well, my boyfriend cut me off, blocked me on Facebook and everything. He was so furious with me because I had had a positive test again and did not test myself before we had sex. I tried to explain to him that I thought I had cleared it. He didn't believe me. Don't assume you will clear HPV in a certain time period like I thought. Now I am paying for it. This TRULY SUCKS. As much as my ex thinks I'm the most horrible human being in the world, I feel horrible over the possibility that I may have infected him.
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@scaredone529 - that's your mistake. you should keep testing until the latest 2 results been negative (and make sure the interval between the two is like 6 months)
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True that, Lightning. I won't take this thing lightly. This is a big deal. So many people brush it off like nothing.
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It's true that a lot of other infected people brush it off like it is nothing. I honestly hated that.
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That was the mistake I made, and I deserve my ex's anger. I was doing TONS of reading on this after my second positive test. That's when I freaked and told my ex. I feel horrible. I will be dealing with this for the rest of my life. It wasn't fair of me to take it so lightly.
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So this would be 2-3 years and I still have HPV. I went through 4 months without any recurrence and when I saw 2 tiny bumps on my penis, I went to the STD Clinic to confirm if they were warts.

Turned out that they were, got them frozen and next appointment is in 2 weeks time. I'm fighting hard...4 months, this battle will go through! I will beat this mofo thing!
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Hi there.  Learn how to help your body heal and get some peace of mind here:
http://www.healthnow.am/?page_id=6

And remember, they call them STIs now because they are only infections, not diseases.  But they ARE a good wake-up call and something to keep an eye on until resolved. 

Lauren : )
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Hi Vandykd3, I would love to see the letter from Daskapitol.  I've had GW for 2 years and getting discouraged....
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