I also have MS which is an auto immune disease. Does this mean it will take longer to clear my HPV? I’m cutrently not on my meds that suppress my immune system but I will be back on them soon. I just don’t want to have this disease for 7 years like ppl are saying. 1-2 year is fine but 7???? I don’t know what I’ll do.
Hi. I am not a doctor but I can try to answer your questions. Please understand that this virus is not one size fits all. Not everyone with it has the same response and recovery.
1. The recovery period is important. Take at least 3 months (some wait a year or two, some wait 6 months) without having sex, after all warts are gone. It helps your body recover faster. If you must have sex, latex condoms help with the recovery too.
2. Most of the infected are never infectious again. The % is not really clear. I've seen 90% mentioned but not sure where this is coming from unless its a finite set of patients vs random sampling of millions of patients. What you can do to prevent more warts (besides the latex condoms or no sex) is not clear too but some think a stronger immune system helps. To boost your immune system: no cigs, no or little booze, more sleep and rest, meditation, exercise, healthy diet and supplements that boost immune systems like C, A, E, folic acid, etc. Basically, be extra healthy for the next 1-2 years. Not only will you lose weight and will feel better but you may prevent more warts. Some people infect others without visible warts but its very rare. Visible warts are sure to infect someone else. So no one can tell you that you will never be infectious again but some doctors say that 90% of the infected remain not infectious.
3. With your MS, suppression of your immune system is not good to fight HPV. Pregnant women are more likely to get more warts because pregnancy lowers a woman's immune system. Speak to your doctor about this. If he says you must do this, then boost your immune system as above.
4. The virus remains in your body forever but most people are not infectious again. I have never heard of this 7 years thing. The CDC says the virus never leaves us but the longer than you go without more warts, then it probably has less chance of returning. Whether you inform future partners is up to you. If you don't inform, then just wait enough time until they are all gone. If you want to inform and educate your partner, go here:
HPV infections are so common that nearly all men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Most people never know that they have been infected and may give HPV to a sex partner without knowing it. Nearly 80 million Americans are currently infected with some type of HPV. About 14 million people in the United States become newly infected each year.
Also the cluster that i recently found on the outside of my vagina seems to be getting smaller too. I just had a look at them to see the progression