There is no specific treatment to cure the human papillomavirus (HPV), only symptoms can be managed.
Generally, this virus is asymptomatic and usually clears up on its own in about 2 years depending on the carrier’s immune system (although you can cure HPV in 2 to 3 months if you maximize your immune system).
Once infected with HPV, the virus can remain dormant in the body for months and any alteration of the immune system triggers the symptoms, causing it to activate. When the infection is by a high-risk type of HPV, it causes cellular changes and over time there is the possibility of developing cancer.
If you have HPV, understanding the following information is key to knowing how to manage the disease and avoid possible complications.
How long does HPV last?
As mentioned earlier, there is no treatment that allows to cure HPV in a specific time. Only symptoms can be treated, such as the well-known warts on the genitals, on the hands, or plantar warts.
In most cases, people don’t even realize they have an HPV infection because they have no symptoms. This usually occurs for both high-risk and low-risk virus types.
Generally, the immune system helps the body fight the virus and eliminates it from the body within 1 to 2 years without giving it a chance to cause any harm. It can also happen that it does not remove it and it becomes active presenting symptoms.
When infection by a high-risk type of HPV is frequent, it can cause changes in the cells of the cervix (uterine neck) increasing the risk of triggering cervical cancer. Timely detection of these abnormal cells is key to preventing complications.
Can I know when I contracted HPV?
There is no test that can determine when you contracted or have been carrying HPV. Also, you won’t be able to know if it’s active or not unless you present some of the symptoms.
Through a Pap test and HPV test, you can only detect abnormal cells caused by high-risk types of HPV in the cervix that could cause cancer. It is a specific test for women, although it can currently also be done for the anal canal.
For men, there is no FDA-approved HPV test in the United States to detect the presence of the virus, not even high-risk types.
If a man does not show visible symptoms of HPV, he will never know if he has the active virus, only he can hope that the body eliminates it naturally in approximately 2 years. Or he can speed up the process (wait until the end of this article and we’ll tell you how).
Since there is no specific treatment that can determine when HPV is cured, medical check-ups are key to detect timely changes in health. Through a thorough evaluation and necessary tests, the doctor can detect the presence of the virus and will indicate the appropriate treatment.
The immune system also plays an important role in the healing time of HPV, so it is necessary to maintain a balanced diet that includes the nutrients the body needs to boost its defense.
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. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.