When HPV is inactive, it is no longer contagious.
Therefore, if your doctor confirms that HPV is inactive in your body, you no longer infect others (however, bear in mind that it can reactivate, so we recommend that you eliminate the virus. Click here to see how).
It is worth noting that a healthcare professional can give you this diagnosis after having undergone the appropriate treatments. Furthermore, tests that confirm the virus’s inactivity are necessary.
Latency of the human papillomavirus
When HPV is latent, it remains in your body, but it does not cause visible symptoms, nor does it multiply or give signals that it is there. The latency period varies depending on the type of HPV. In most cases, it can range from two months to two years.
During this stage, virus detection can only be achieved by applying molecular biology techniques. In this way, the DNA found inside cells can be analyzed.
When the virus begins to present symptoms, it can be detected with studies such as cytology or with a Pap smear test.
There are cases where HPV can take up to 20 years or more to develop. Performing these tests is very important, as they help prevent cervical cancer.
HPV can be transmitted in different ways
Depending on the type of HPV, you can get it in different ways. If skin cells are infected, it can be transmitted through simple skin-to-skin contact.
Also, HPV that infects the genital region, anus, or throat is transmitted through sexual intercourse, in any of its forms.
The appearance of warts on the genitals is a symptom that you have contracted the virus. Some are more visible than others.
They can be on the vulva, vagina, anus, or penis. The less visible ones are on the cervix and can only be visualized by your doctor during one of the exams we already mentioned.
How can I avoid contagion?
Avoiding HPV infection 100% is impossible. However, you can implement some practices that will help you minimize the risk of getting infected:
- Vaccine. It should always be applied with the prior recommendation of a doctor. This vaccine can prevent most types of uterine cancer. Ideally, it should be applied to girls and boys who are not yet sexually active. But it can also help prevent some strain of the virus in sexually active people.
- Use condoms correctly. Although it is not 100% effective, since it does not cover all areas that can rub with the skin of an already infected person during sexual intercourse.
- Reduce the number of partners with whom you have sexual relations.
If you know you are infected, it is important to communicate this to your partner and your closest people. Your loved ones will provide you with the containment and support you need.
In addition, in the case of your partner, both will take the recommended precautions for the case. It’s the best way to prevent them from getting infected as well.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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