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High risk HPV

I was recently DX with high risk HPV. I have minor cell changes so dr advised we watch and wait and he said it  will likely clear on its own.
My concern is how long I have had this and not known?
Or if my husband has had it all along?
If a person is infected, does the virus become active (contagious) immediately and then your immune system will make it dormant in 6 months to 2 years?
Or you are infected and immediately your immune system suppresses it into dormancy and you are not likely to be contagious but still carry the virus?
If you have multiple strains of HPV are they all likely to be active at the same time? Or do they act on there own?
i had a normal clear pap exactly one year from my abnormal one, could I have had an active infection then but it wasn't detected ( I'm 36)?
Or it has been recently just re-activated?
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3149845 tn?1506627771
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HI, yes with minor cell changes your doctor is correct in a watch an wait. Theres no way to know how long youve had it or how you got it but its very common for both husband and wife to have hpv and its likely to clear up on its own. Dont worry and just take your next pap test. You can go to the below web site for helpful information.

http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/pap/default.htm#table2
3149845 tn?1506627771
COMMUNITY LEADER
http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/pap/default.htm#table2
Hi, you can go to the above web site for helpful information. Your doctor is correct in watch and wait and theres no way to know how or how long youve had this but its quite common and can clear up on its own so dont worry.
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