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I have a question about HPV (Genital Warts). Is it one of

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Hello, I have a question about HPV (Genital Warts). Is it one of the most common STI'S there is?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

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Yes it is one of the most common.

Can cause genital warts, or penile or cervical cancers.

Nowadays also implicated for head and neck cancer from oral sex.

HPV is usually eliminated by body's immune system within 2-3 years.

No specific treatment exists.

But there is a vaccine available against it.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
OK and it is true that 50-75% of people do get infected with the hpv genital wart virus throughout their lifetime correct?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.

that is correct

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok so at the VERY LEAST at least 50% get infected correct, and it is estimated that 75% get genital HPV once throughout their lifetime?Sorry doc, I have a little OCD issue and have to be very specific with my questions.Also, From one of my doctors, they said that genital HPV infection stays for life, yet some say that it gets eliminated by 2-3 years. I am a little confused on that, and was wondering if you could clarify.I hope your holidays are going great, and you are enjoying your time with your family.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.

Yes HPV infection is very common but it does not show up as any symptom for most people so 75% will not show any symptoms even though they ha infection.

HPV clears up completely usually in 2-3 years.

This is not a life time infection.

Best wishes and happy holidays,