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how long the genital warts virus stays in the body?

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Hello, I was recently diagnosed with genital warts. I am still trying to figure out more about genital warts. I'm very curious to know how long the virus stays in the body? I've been told its always going to the stay in the body and I've been told that it can be wiped out within 2-3 years, is this true? I would like to have a child in the next 3-5 years and I want to be 100% sure my child will be healthy

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replied July 11th, 2012
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A36946

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Genital warts are caused by a virus. This virus is very common in the population. Some estimates place the prevalence of genital warts at 20 to 30% of the population sometimes even higher depending on location.

They are caused by human papilloma virus. The virus is transmitted sexually. In order to transmit the virus one does not necessarily need to have any symptoms or any warts. The virus simply lives on and under the skin.The most common means of transmission is by skin-to-skin contact with the penis, scrotum, vagina, vulva, or anus of an infected person. Kissing or touching a partner’s genitals with the mouth can also transmit HPV. Using a condom does not guarantee protection since the virus can be on an area of skin not covered by the condom. Sharing of possibly-contaminated objects may transmit HPV.

Once infected the virus is usually present for life.Woman can bear a child even with the disease but it depends on the changes caused and the extent of the disease.It is recommended to get a yearly Pap smear done and to see the prognosis of the disease.Kindly take the treatment as advised by your Healthcare Provider.

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