Re: HPV Typing, costs, benefits, etc.
I've done a lot of reading on HPV, and the most common strains of high risk HPV seem to be HPV 16 and 18 because they are mentioned the most in the articles I've read.
I don't know about testing for strains, but I was wondering if your fiance has high risk HPV also, because if he does you won't know it because he won't have symptoms and there is no medical testing for men.
If I were you I would want to know what strains I have because if I acquired different strains in the future, it might mean my fiance is cheating and infecting me with other strains that I didn't have before. I would probably pay for the testing myself if my insurance didn't pay for strain testing, if it's even possible to get a strain test.
Assuming your fiance has HPV too, I wonder what happens if your system clears it, but his doesn't, or his infection doesn't clear at the same time as yours. Do you keep getting reinfected from him? Did your doctor bring up the issue of your fiance possibly being infected and the consequences to you (I'm just curious)? There are consequences to your boyfriend also, he (and you) may have HPV 16 or 18 in the saliva and could be at risk for oral cancer which can be transmitted by French kissing only, even if no other contact took place, and from what I have read, there is no saliva testing for men or women, but women who have a positive HPV/DNA test are more likely to have HPV in their saliva also.
My Mom had a problem with h-pylori (stomach infection) a few years ago, she wasn't getting rid of it after two rounds of antibiotics, so we had her boyfriend tested for h-pylori to see if he was infecting her, but he tested negative, and finally after the third round of antibiotics Mom tested negative also.
I hope I didn't make you more worried, but you should learn as much as you can to protect yourself from HPV going forward, and if I were you I would keep up to date on the latest information regarding HPV. I wouldn't rely your doctor's comments to be 100% accurate either.
Last edited by jacal5; 05-17-2010 at 03:50 AM.