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Old 04-17-2005, 07:31 PM   #1
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just diagnosed with HPV

any tips? is it still transmittable if i have them burnt off... let me kno thanks for all the support

 
Old 04-18-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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Re: just diagnosed with HPV

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any tips? is it still transmittable if i have them burnt off... let me kno thanks for all the support
Sorry to hear you were diagnosed. Welcome to the club. Yes, it will be transmissible even if you have them burnt off. There is no cure for HPV.

 
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Old 04-18-2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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Re: just diagnosed with HPV

Actually, after about a year with no visible warts, you can probably consider yourself cured. Your body will resolve the virus over time. You won't catch the same strain again, but you also won't be contagious, either.

 
Old 04-20-2005, 05:02 PM   #4
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Actually, after about a year with no visible warts, you can probably consider yourself cured. Your body will resolve the virus over time. You won't catch the same strain again, but you also won't be contagious, either.
Hi there,

Can you please indicate how you received this information? I do hope that is true. I know my doctor didn't tell me that.

 
Old 04-20-2005, 05:23 PM   #5
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I completely agree with you speed bumps. I don't have HPV, but was always under the impression that there is no cure for HPV. It's transmissable even by skin to skin contact. Many web sites have indiacted pretty much the same info. as there being no cure.

 
Old 04-20-2005, 07:14 PM   #6
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I can't post the sites, unfortunately; I think that's against board rules. However, I can tell you that new and very reputable research shows that HPV is cleared after 6 - 12 months in over 90% of infected people. Much of that has to do with your immune system, but you can also have a well-functioning immune system and still have recurrences of HPV.

It'll probably help to remember that HPV is pretty innocuous. Some strains can cause cervical cancer (preventable with regular pap smears), some cause visible warts (harmless), and others cause no symptoms at all. None are a big deal at all. And at least about 80% of the population has contracted at least one strain, btw. Don't stress out over this. It's fine, you'll be fine :-)

 
Old 04-20-2005, 08:11 PM   #7
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Re: just diagnosed with HPV

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I can't post the sites, unfortunately; I think that's against board rules. However, I can tell you that new and very reputable research shows that HPV is cleared after 6 - 12 months in over 90% of infected people.
I understand that you can't post the sites, but where is this research from, who conducted it?

I have not read this research, but it does not sound completely impossible. Many people are diagnosed with HPV during their first outbreak, and then go the rest of their lives without another one. But that doesn't mean that you wouldn't be contagious to others even if your own immune system is able to keep the virus in check. Again, I haven't read this research myself.

My question would be how do you know if you are in the 10% of people who remain infected? There are no reliable tests for HPV. Some people would consider that a pretty large chance to take.

I agree with you that the virus is mostly innocuous.

 
Old 04-21-2005, 03:31 AM   #8
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The University of Washington for one. They discovered this by running HPV DNA tests; in about 90% of people, the tests showed negative for HPV after 6 - 12 months. There's an ASHASTD "Myths about HPV" page that has some of this info.

Personally, I don't think HPV is anything to even worry about. Definitely tell your partners, but don't stress out about it. I mean, the worst that can happen is you contract a strain that can cause cervical cancer - so get annual pap smears and take care of your health. I think the only reason people freak out about this is because it's a STD. If you caught this type of HPV from someone sneezing on you, I guarantee it would be treated like the non-event it really is.

 
Old 04-21-2005, 05:41 AM   #9
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There is no cure for HPV but mostly the bodies immune systems deals with it itself and stops any implications like cervical cell changes.
I don't know where the information came from that you can't be infected with the same strain of HPV twice. You DO NOT become immune to it.

 
Old 04-21-2005, 05:43 AM   #10
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You certainly do develop an immunity to that particular strain. That doesn't mean you can't contract a *different* strain, though. There are like 80 strains...

 
Old 04-21-2005, 07:07 AM   #11
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Yes I am aware of the number of strains there are, but never before have I heard that if you get rid of a strain you become immune to it and will never catch it again.

So if thats the case you must be saying that if you have genital warts and get rid of the virus from your body you are then immune to getting warts again? Maybe I'm not getting what you mean because that doesn't sound right.

 
Old 04-21-2005, 07:10 AM   #12
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Personally, I don't think HPV is anything to even worry about. . . .I think the only reason people freak out about this is because it's a STD. If you caught this type of HPV from someone sneezing on you, I guarantee it would be treated like the non-event it really is.
Well said! I agree completely, people are devastated when they hear "STD." This board is filled with people who are freaking out because they have just been diagnosed, and it really isn't the end of the world. As you said, it is a "non-event."

When I was diagnosed with HPV, I discovered that several friends also had the virus, but they were keeping it secret because they were ashamed to have an STD. The doctor who first diagnosed me made me feel guilty about it! Once I got home, did some research, and learned more about HPV, I was angry! Needless to say, I never returned to that practice. It really is disturbing how society, and some medical professionals, treat this, all because of the "STD" aspect.

 
Old 04-21-2005, 07:12 AM   #13
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No, you're not immune from getting warts again. You're immune from getting that *strain* again.

 
Old 04-21-2005, 07:19 AM   #14
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Analog, I agree. This is why I make a point to be very open about my STD status (I have herpes); I want to help people realize having a STD is hardly the end of the world.

As for your doctor's office, I'm sorry you had that experience. I've been lucky because our family doctor is very open and accepting, totally non-judgemental, but he's a rarity where I live. I do think things are getting better, though. Med students are much better trained to deal with these kinds of issues. In the meantime, though, you might consider going to a STD clinic with any concerns. This is all they deal with, so they've heard it all, and are about as far from judgemental as it gets.

 
Old 04-21-2005, 07:42 AM   #15
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sparkleflower, there are only a few strains that cause warts, so if you get those strains and then get rid, you would then be immune to any wart causing strain? is that right?

I'm just really curious, I have HPV myself and thought I knew all there was to know about it!

 
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