Hi ladies - as you do, I have been researching a lot since having an abnormal smear and high risk HPV. Just this little bit of info (amongst 100s more) should reassure you all a little and I think this is based on pretty much facts.
Some feel that HPV remains in a carrier state for years; however, this is probably uncommon. There are over 70 types of HPV. This may be the reason some believe that long carrier states are common. What may be viewed as a carrier state may simply be subsequent infections by different HPV types over the years. There are over 300 rhinoviruses (cold viruses), yet no one considers a cold virus to be in a perpetual carrier state that “flares up” periodically.
There is very little cross-immunity between the different HPV types. This means that if one has immunity to one HPV type, that specific immunity is not necessarily good against another HPV type. For this reason it would be worthwhile to focus on immune support in the event of future exposure to a new HPV type.
I do believe this is the truth. Once your body has built immunity against a virus, including any virus, your body no longer has the virus and if it does, it's not live and probably never will be. I took comfort in reading this as I am with the same partner and we have absolutely no doubt that we will always be together :) so I'm not worried about contracting another HPV type. I'm just focusing on clearing the one I have, hoping for it never to return!
I hope this has made some of you feel a little better :) have a wonderful Christmas xxx