Sexually Transmitted Diseases/hpv, any chance of total eradication?

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QUESTION: Some sources say hpv stays in your body forever even though it may never manifest itself again and some say that the virus may be cleared from the body after a couple of years. Which one is it? Is it possible that someone who had genital warts in the past will later take the hpv genetic test and have completely clear results?

ANSWER: Understand that HPV is a virus and virus cannot be cured, but they can be treated and then suppressed by the immune system. For instance, if you had chicken pox as a kid, you ALWAYS have the varicella virus inside of you. It stays dormant depending on the strength of your immune system to create antibodies that contain and eradicate most of the symptoms and then your immune systems keeps the virus in check. Think of getting a life sentence in prison, but at any moment the prisoner could escape. HPV can never be CURED, but it can be permanently suppressed, meaning you will never have any symptoms, but you could theoretically transmit it to someone else. However, the chance of that happening is about the same as you winning the lottery. For those people whose immune cells cannot contain the virus, then it rears its ugly head. Your treatment enhances your body's ability to contain the spread of active outbreak of warts and you can have them burnt off via medical intervention but they will always come back. If you have additional questions about this, consider making an appointment with your primary care provider or a specialist like a urologist. Stay safe.

John

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QUESTION: Thank you, one more thing about the genetic test. I took it and it came back negative for 37 kinds of hpv. Does it mean that I was previously misdiagnosed with genital warts or that even the genetic test does not test for latent infections?

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I believe that it doesn't test for latent infections, because in order to see that you have antibodies to a certain illness or infection, there should be a current outbreak, but there's a lot of things in this world that can fool testing; just like HIV for instance! As far as you should be concerned, at this current moment, you are not facing an outbreak, so you're very safe right now, but please practice precaution and stay safe.

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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