That is, genetic material persists in previously infected tissues for a long time. “If you had genital warts and theyve cleared up even on their own or with treatment and another three to six months go by, probably, for the most part, youre not going to transmit them,” says Handfield.
Are you guaranteed to pass on genital warts?
You can only get genital warts from someone else who has the virus, but be aware that not everyone will know if they have it. If the warts are internal someone may not notice them and people can pass on the virus even if they dont have any symptoms.
Are you always contagious with HPV?
Most cases of HPV clear within 1 to 2 years as the immune system fights off and eliminates the virus from the body. After that, the virus disappears and it cant be transmitted to other people. In extreme cases, HPV may lay dormant in the body for many years or even decades.
How can I boost my immune system to fight genital warts?
The HPV vaccine is a good way to boost your immune system to fight HPV. People who are vaccinated are less likely to get genital warts, cervical cancer, and several other cancers caused by HPV.