Human papillomavirus (HPV) can persist in the body for many years, even decades, after initial infection. In most cases, the immune system clears the virus naturally within two years. However, some types of HPV can cause persistent infection and may lead to health problems such as genital warts and certain types of cancer.
The length of time HPV lasts depends on several factors, including the type of HPV and the individual’s immune system. Some people may clear the virus quickly, while others may have persistent infection that lasts for years.
It’s important to note that even if an HPV infection clears, the virus can still be transmitted to others through sexual contact. The best way to prevent HPV infection is through vaccination and practicing safe sex by using condoms and limiting the number of sexual partners.