Is it possible to get rid of HPV?

In the past, it was asserted that once a person was infected with HPV, the virus would stay in the body permanently. However, approximately 60% to 80% of individuals with active sex life encounter this virus some time in their lives, and they get over it thanks to their own body resistance. HPV mostly clears up from the body within two to three years. But, sometimes this becomes impossible and HPV stays in the body permanently. And, it may lead to cancer based on the changes it causes on the cells over the years.


What is HPV?

HPV is the abbreviation for a virus family called Human Papillomavirus. There are more than 170 types of HPV identified so far. Around 40 of them cause diseases in human beings when sexually transmitted.

Most HPV infections do not show any symptoms and disappear from the body in around two years. However, sometimes genital warts occur due to HPV infection and these warts need treatment, and sometimes lesions may occur, which may turn into cancer later.


How is HPV transmitted?

HPV is mostly transmitted due to close skin-to-skin touching. As it is often seen in genital areas, it is also accepted as a sexually transmitted disease.

There are very limited publications on that a person may rarely be infected with HPV due to indirect contact in places such as around the pools or showers used by many people. It is generally known that HPV is a tenuous virus and cannot survive for long outside the body.