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I have just had my first screening and received positive HPV but with no abnormal cells (invited to re-test in 12 months) I have been with my partner for 4 years. Does this mean I have contracted the virus within these 4 years and my partner has been unfaithful? or is it possible that I contracted it before (e.g. 5 years ago) and it has been dormant and only become active in the last year or 2? or that it was contracted 5 years ago and my immune system has not got rid of it yet?
My question then is, is it common that HPV can be dormant, becoming active years later and even show as negative on a screening for some people? If I did contract it 5 years ago and it has been active since, is this a bad sign that my immune system has not got rid of it yet?