Re: Hpv - High Risk Strain
Oh goodness! Let me see if I can answer some of your questions. Let me start by saying that I only know what I know about HPV and cervical cancer because I was diagnosed with high risk HPV back in January and cervical cancer in April. Prior to January, I knew next to nothing about either. Since then I have read a LOT of information (like from the CDC, etc) and asked a LOT of questions.
Yes, you can request a test that shows which strains of HPV she has, but I don't know the cost of it, if insurance covers it, etc.
If she has not been exposed to the strains of HPV that are in the vaccine and she is under 26 (I think that's the upper edge on age), then it can offer some protection against those strains.
I haven't read any data saying how long it takes from exposure to HPV to the time it begins showing up as dysplasia. Well, maybe it is 5-10 years, I'm not positive. I don't think it is immediate.
Since doctors are beginning to use the HPV/dna test more, I think researchers are learning a lot more about HPV, the speed it develops into dysplasia or later cancer, etc. A good percent of older women are just being diagnosed with HPV. It doesn't mean they are recently exposed to it, it just means it is now being diagnosed.
It is entirely possible that if the dysplasia is removed early enough, then it won't return. It is possible that it will, but I think the chances are quite slim. For many women, a LEEP or cone is diagnostic and treatment. For a smaller percent of women, it is only diagnostic.
Cervical dysplasia, if caught early is treatable (can be removed) and not cause future problems. The 5 year survival rate for Stage 1 cancer is somewhere between 95-99%. The lower end of those numbers are for women who have never had paps, etc. Your daughter most likely does NOT have cancer, so I'd say survival rate is greater than 99%!
I hope that helps a bit.