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Am I still contagious after years of wart free?

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I got diagnosed with HPV back in 2009. Warts were on my cervix, so I had them removed and everything went well. That has been my one and only outbreak. I have been through a lot off stress since then (which is what brough on the first outbreak) loss of grandparents in both 2011 and 2012, plus childbirth and still I had it have nothing. My question is am I still contagious after the 6 years of being wart free? All pap smears also come back normal.

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Expert:  Dr. Aarti Vazirani replied 4 Days.

Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com
Once you have had HPV, I am afraid you are contagious for life.
This is because you are harbouring the virus, and are capable of transmitting it sexually anytime.
Even if you had a 6 year wart free period.
Even with normal pap smears.
The answer is yes - you are still contagious and due precautions must always be followed.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.

Patient replied :

Is the reason your always contagious is because you just don't know when it will stop laying dormant? Like if I had sex while its dormant, did I pass it on?

Expert:  Dr. Aarti Vazirani replied 3 Days.

The reason is that your cells never actually clear it.
Yes, even while dormant, you could transmit it sexually.

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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