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HPV length of infection

I'm a male who has had HPV since late 2007/early 2008. However, I continued to date the girl that gave it to me until about one month ago. I know HPV clears up in males in about two years, but does that two years mean from the time of contraction or from the time you stop being sexually active with the infected person?

Also, if my warts are around the base of my penis/pubic bone area, I'm assuming condoms won't protect a future partner? The last thing I want to do is spread this to someone else.

I just started treating this with apple cider vinegar, and so far so good.
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I would assume from the date of treatment. Does apple cider vinegar really work? Have yet to try it. I just have very small ones that can only be seen under light. Aldara doesn't do anything to them. I've been taking papillex which is a herbal supplement that helps boost your immune system to specifically fight off hpv. Your suppose to use at least 3 months to see results. I'm still on month one. I really just cannot wait until this awful disease goes away. I really wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Anyways, check out ashastd.org they have a lot of up to date info on hpv and every other std.
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the vinegar has worked really well for me. i was doing it a couple months ago, but had to travel a bit so treating myself wasn't practical on the road. this is my second session with it. my experience with it a few months ago was great, and i was able to make several warts fall off over the course of 4-5 days. i just kept cotton balls taped over them as much as i could. eventually it would lead to mild irritation, and i'd just take the cotton balls off and air it out and give it a rest for a few hours and then give it another shot. i tried to keep them on as much as it was practical during the days, but every night while i slept for sure.

i'm assuming when you said 'from the date of treatment' you meant from the date of contraction. that was what i thought. i have a biology degree so i have some basic immunology knowledge, so that's what made sense to me. just wanted to see what others thought. all i know is my two years is up, and i want out, dang it!!
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I saw your post and thought I would share ... I recently ask this question reguarding clearance to Dr Hook on the Std forum and his  reply was                                        
"The 8-24 month figure for HPV clearance starts at the time the HPV infection is diagnosed. "

I hope this helps ! Theres alot of good information on the Std site reguarding warts you can use the search to narrow down any questions you might have ... and may we all be rid of these warts soon . Good luck
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When I say treatment I mean diagnosed. As in when your derm says you have it and you begin using aldara and or freezing etc. Common sense would seem to be when you contract however like you mentioned whitecat. So I have a few questions. I am married and still have sex with my wife, she has no symptoms. Do any of you still have sex? I wonder if sex prevents it from healing more quickly. Common sense seems like it would allow it to spread. As I mentioned before I just have very very small ones that are kinda flat and round. Only visible under light. I only get them at base and on scrotum. Would acv even work you think. Like how would you tape cotton balls to your balls. Lol! You gotta add humor to this. I wonder how much laser cost? Wouldn't that be nice. Just zap em right off and be done. Any experiences with that? Do you guys find yourself checking your private parts several times a day? How annoying is this thing. It is driving me crazy!  I mean I know one day this will just be a distant memory but jeez! I've had symptoms for 1 year now. Started treatment (aldara) last July. Haven't used aldara in a while. Maybe condylox? Maybe acv. Should I buy organic acv. If so where from? Walmart? I take multi vitamins everday drink lots of fluids including green tea as suggested. Although I drink lipton diet green tea. Not sure if that is quality. I just don't know. Suggestions!? Let's beat this together!
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while i was dating my girlfriend, i did nothing to treat it because i just figured i would get it again from her. i think sex, for me at least, caused it to spread. my case is still what i'd consider minor though. i just have a few around the base of my penis and where my scrotum meets my body. sometimes they're hard to get cotton balls on, but i don't try and treat them all at once. i just target one cotton ball's worth at a time and once those are gone, i move to a different spot. it's hard to get coverage on a large area and i've found it more effective to just focus fire one area.

i'd start some sort of treatment early before they spread. it's only gonna get more difficult. i have no experience with laser, but that's got to be the most expensive route. if i were to try something next, it'd be TCA or aldarra, but that's only when acv stops working for me. the acv i got is just regular store brand acv, nothing special. multivitamins and fluids are good because you need to have your immune system in tip top shape to beat this thing. its driving me crazy too. i feel like i'm not even eligible to meet new women, like i've been black listed with this STD. it's a lonely feeling. anyway, if you end up trying acv, let me know how it works for you, or if you find little tricks that work for you. good luck.
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Oh ok thanks for the info. Gw show varying persistence through time so I don't think its going to get worse. It has actually gotten better. I've had it for one year. I take 2 multivitamins per day. Gnc megamen variety. 2 capsuiles a day are the daily suggested amounts. Plus I take 2 1 gram vitamin c capsules and the supplement papillex which is the hpv herbal supplement. Anyone tried Papillex? I'm gonna go buy acv tonight and add that to my daily regimen. I'm gonna start off slow and just apply it overnight for 8 hours for 10 days. Of course if the skin gets irritated ill stop. Ill repost to this in a couple of weeks. Ahhh I wish there was just a pill you took and this all went away. Can I get an amen!?
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Btw there is light at the end of this tunnel. I can understand how you feel. Try and utilize this time to meet girls and just take things really slow. Don't base the relationship on physical aspects. In the end this good be a blessing in disquise. You could end up meeting a girl and being friends and really getting intimate on a intellectual and spiritual level and then boom the gw is gone and you start a life long relationship with a wife. Stay optimistic!
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i've never heard of papillex, and i can't really find anything on the net about anyone's experience with it (just a quick google though). i'm intrigued, let me know how your experience with it plays out.

you make a great point about how to handle relationships and hpv. that might have been just what i needed to hear.

and AMEN!!
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I believe everything happens for a reason man. At times we don't exactly like the hardships we face but it always makes us stronger and wiser. Papillex is a phytoseutical company based out of Canada. I don't think they advertise it very much or it is just too new. I figured it's worth a shot plus the Webster is real legit. Tell me what you think.
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