Glad you joined us. Below is an excerpt from a post where I responded to someone else who asked a similar question:
Much of the literature says while the average Ã¢â‚¬Å“latencyÃ¢â‚¬Â period of the virus is often thought to be anywhere from one to eight months, it can actually vary widely.
Exactly Ã¢â‚¬Å“howÃ¢â‚¬Â widely? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult to say with certainty, but experts typically agree it may take years after exposure before lesions associated with HPV (that is, warts or cell changes) are detected clinically.
This is because HPV can actually exist in deeper skin cells in very small numbers without causing disease, such as warts, that is easily detected clinically. This may go on for an indefinite number of years. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult for researchers to pin down exactly why some will experience lesions that are diagnosed while others do not, but co-factors could involve smoking, pregnancy, stress, diet, or a host of other things that can affect the immune system.
We understand itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s frustrating that no one can offer a definitive response to your individual circumstances. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“whoÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“whenÃ¢â‚¬Â questions, however, may never truly be answered.
Ok, I know that's something of a "nonanswer" but it's hard to know just when you were exposed. If you've yet to do so, ask your health care provider if the recommend testing for other STIs (I say that simply as a precaution).
I wish there were more to offer you, and I'm sorry we can't be more specific, I hope that helps, though. Post anytime and keep in touch.
All the best,