Q: How long does HPV stay in your system?

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The body’s immune system naturally clears most human papillomavirus (HPV) infections (about 90%) within two years, but sometimes HPV infections will last longer. People who carry the virus can pass it to others even if they don’t have signs or symptoms. While there is no treatment for the virus itself, there are treatments for the symptoms and diseases caused by HPV, including genital warts and cervical and other cancers.

More About HPV

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  1. About HPV. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. HPV: 5 Things All Women Should Know. Johns Hopkins Medicine.
  3. CDC Fact Sheet: Incidence, Prevalence and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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