How Long Does HPV Last?

HPV, also known as human papillomavirus, is a permanent condition that lasts a lifetime for individuals affected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although a cure does not yet exist for HPV as of 2014, there are methods available to treat health problems associated with HPV.

Various forms of HPV exist, including genital warts and cancers of the anus, penis and oropharynx, according to the CDC. Doctors can treat genital warts with medications or remove or freeze them off through surgical procedures. Since genital warts often return a few months following treatment, several treatments may be necessary. Treatments for cancers of the oropharynx, anus and penis include chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery, or a combination of some or all of these treatments.