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If your HPV is dormant can you still spread it? are you forever contagious?

I'm 23 and I'm classified 6 for low HPV. I wanted to know if I will forever be contagious to future partners My doctor wasn't too helpful when asked her question about HPV.
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Can you elaborate on what you mean by 6? And did your mean low risk hpv?
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So, I'm assuming you mean that you were diagnosed with type 6 of the low-risk version of HPV. Although there are many different variations of the virus, types 6 and 11 are said to be responsible for up to 90% of all genital wart infections. I'm assuming that you discovered that you have this when you noticed your first genital wart or warts?

You will not be contagious forever. Most people who get genital warts have the same general experience. On average, you can expect to have an outbreak of new warts every three weeks to three months after you've had your current infection removed. This will happen for about a year or up to two years. At some point during that time, your immune system will start to get a hold of it and be able to suppress new outbreaks from occurring. Once you've gone 6 months without any new warts, you can begin to be optimistically cautious that you have reached this point. Once you've gone nine months to a year without any warts, you can be fairly confident that you have reached this point. After a year with no warts, you most likely will not see them again unless you have some sort of intense emotional experience because anxiety and panic can cause a new outbreak similar to how it would with the herpes virus. This is what happens to me, because I have pretty severe anxiety. Anyways, after you've reached the point of viral suppression with your immune system, most likely, you will not be contagious to Future partner with unprotected sex. Remember, though, that nobody really knows for sure so there may be a small chance that you are contagious. You are also still able to reinfect yourself with any of the many other strains of HPV both low-risk and high-risk. Are you contagious during the first year or 2-year.? Yes. You are definitely contagious while you are having a wart outbreak. It's difficult to say whether you are contagious between outbreaks and that first year, but I would certainly assume that you are. I hope any of this helps.
Thank you so much for responding! Yes, I meant to say low risk HPV. I haven't seen any warts yet. How would I re-infect myself with other strains? My DOCTOR never suggested that I get the HPV shot since I already have it, but I did read that it can help against things. She said I didn't have to but we still went through with it. Now the NURSE said this will help to not catch any other strains out there that are more serious, so I don't know what to believe because if that's true why didn't my doctor suggest the shots to me. Another thing my doctor said food has nothing to do with HPV, but I still feel like eating right can help my HPV. I juice fruits and veggies hoping to get my immune system back strong. Thanks again SkaterDave
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There's a lot of misinformation out there, even among doctors. Skaterdave seems to have a pretty logical understanding of what we've all come to understand of HPV. Just remember, some doctors also confuse the traits of HPV with HSV. DON'T let them confuse or worry you. Do your own research. In summary, here's what I've learned in my case. I have HPV 53. Meaning potentially cancer causing if the body has trouble clearing it. Mine is oral and doesn't produce warts which means it's higher risk. Many sites consider this high risk, but 53 is unusual in that it seems to coincide with HIV positive subjects, which I've tested negative for years now. My wife tested negative for 53 vaginally, yet didn't take the oral "Orarisk" test to see if it existed orally. The synopsis is this. You can do what's necessary to protect your partner from it during sex, but even if they get it, their body will eventually clear it too. Because this is HPV, and not HSV. Once your body clears it you can never get that same number again and you will no longer be contagious to others. I've heard others here say that's incorrect. But reality is you're contagious when the body still has the virus it hasn't beat yet. It's not suppressing it like with HSV. Your body is attacking the HPV. There's a lot of debate as to if the body is suppressing it eventually or clearing  it completely. A healthy immune system ABSOLUTELY WILL CLEAR IT. The question is, how long will your body take? Most research says 2 years on average to clear most variants. At which point you can request a retest. I hope this gives better peace of mind. Feel free to message me directly if you have further questions.
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Thank you so much for your advice and your story Monkeemash and will do !
Monkeemash is also well informed. My only point of discussion would be this idea that your immune system clears the virus after you successfully suppress it and cease having outbreaks. If it's true that you're clear of the virus, then how would it be explained that I still get an outbreak of genital warts every time I have a severe emotional breakdown due to my anxiety disorder. This leads me to side with the group that says you have the virus for life but that you aren't contagious since your immune system has suppressed it.

I would get the shots so you're protected from the other, most common high-risk and low-risk strains you may not have been exposed to yet. Just because you've been exposed to one strain, does that mean that you can't get any other strange. Technically, if you were exposed enough, you could get all the strains.  Remember that even with protection you can still get HPV from an area below the where the condom covers. Best of luck!
I would "suggest" it's because your body hasn't cleared it yet. When it completely does, it will not outbreak during stress. Though stress absolutely can slow your body's fight-off time.
To be honest, 2 years minimum, up to 10 max. Past then, it can be assumed there are immune issues.
Well, I certainly hope that you're right. I've actually been infected twice. I was infected in 2009, and I had the textbook experience of exactly a year of outbreaks and then never again. My second infection was three years later when I met my now wife, and she had HPV at the time and I ended up getting it from her inspite using a condom. This last infection has not been textbook as I seem to have gotten regular outbreaks every 3 to 6 months for 3 or 4 years. Now I only get them when I have a severe anxiety attack as I mentioned. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that hopefully someday outbreaks will be a distant memory. Thanks for your input!
Consider both yourselves Lucky. I've been getting a new wart every few weeks for a bout a year now. Monkeemash how do you know you had HPV if you didn't have any wart symptoms?
I contracted chlamydia after seeing this Korean girl who wasn't aware she had it from the guy she was seeing previously. She even saw a doctor thinking she had a UTI, and the doctor didn't even test for chlamydia. He just gave her cypro for a UTI.When her symptoms didn't go away, she naively thought she just had issues with urinary urgency. Later, she transmits it to me, my symptoms are more pronounced and include burning sensation, so I get treated and thoroughly checked for other things at the same time. I specifically asked for the orarisk test because my mouth is fully aware of how much peach nectar it's seen in the past. Yea, I just said that.
Lol, that's exactly why I don't want to know. I trip out enough.
Thanks you guys !
Anytime.
I think if everybody did a orarisk test most people would find something. Why did you want to know if you had it if you can't treat it - just curious? Are you still drinking from the fruit in the meantime?
Because I was having autoimmune symptoms right after clearing the chlamydia, so I was concerned what else might be going on if anything. Married, so since she knows the system can clear it and it doesn't emerge unless cancerous, than she's confident our bodies will clear it even if she does contract it. After all, peaches for you, peaches for me.
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I also have genital warts which low risk however it is lso effecting my mouth. Is it possible to check if mouth hpv are low or high risk?
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Monkeemash mentioned orarisk. I don't know anything about it, but you can ask him or Google it.
Oral hpv along with oral sex practice is on the rise. Same risk as corresponding discovered number. Risking throat cancer. However, strangely, hpv related throat cancers have the highest cure rate which has something to to with hpv being both the cause of cancer, as well as it preventing the cancer from keeping it's normal footing in the body.
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I also have genital warts which in my understanding is low risk however it is also effecting my mouth. Is it possible to find out if this is hpv and if its low risk or high risk?
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Only a doctor can really test for you. Then, assuming it's HPV and not HSV, once you know what number it is, you can research more online from there.
I have been to the doctor and he just said go to gum clinic. Gum clinic not interested for mouth hpvs.  They are only work on genital warts.

Not sure what to do.
How do you know it's affecting your mouth if I may ask?
I have been having red spots under my tongue, rip of my tongue and white patches side of my tongue. This never happened before.
Hmmm...  First of all, I'm sorry to hear that. This kind of stuff sucks for sure. What is your access to Healthcare? I wouldn't think mouth hpv to be the first thing to think of with symptoms like that. It could easily be something else from the sounds of it.
Is anything here helpful?

https://www.zocdoc.com/answers/2525/what-causes-spots-on-the-tip-of-ones-tongue
Here's what I've found for under the tongue explanations. https://www.everydayhealth.com/mouth-lesions/guide/
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