Why is recurrence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection common?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Because HPV resides in the basal layer of the epidermis in a latent state, recurrences are common and retreatment is often necessary. Patients typically are monitored on a periodic basis to assess for efficacy of treatment, unwanted side effects, and the development of complications. Outpatient follow-up care also provides an opportunity to evaluate for other STDs and provides patient education on an ongoing basis.

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