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Old 10-03-2008, 12:06 PM   #1
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Well I Got Tested Because I Had A Std. During The Testing They Did My 1st Ever Pap Test On Me. Like 1 Week Later I Got A Letter From My Doc Stateing That My Pap Tests Came Back And I Had Abnormal Cells. But! She Contributed It To My Std I Once Had. But Now Cleared Up. 2 Weeks Later My Mom Fround A Letter That Came In The Mail From My Doc That Said She Did Tests And Hpv Showed Up And I Should See A Specialist About It. This Was In Aug. I Have'nt Been To The Doc Since Because My Mom Makes Appointments And It Seems Evreytime Were Leaving Something New Pops Up And We Have To Re Schedule. But Ive Just Learned Abnormal Cells Is A Sign Of Cervical Cancer So I Really Need 2 Go 2 The Doctor. I Wanted To Know Since Ive Found Out I Had Hpv I Think I Got It Aroung May Of 08, How Long Does It Take If I Have Abnormal Cells To Turn Into Cancerous Cells. ( My Doc Said The Abnormal Cells Could Of Been From Ym Std I Had) But That Was B4 She Sent The Hpv Diagnosis. I Have No Idea Wat Kind Of Hpv It Is Or Anything, All I Know Is I Have Hpv. How Long Does It Take 4 Cancer To Progress If The Cells Continue To Be Abnormal??? And Does Abnormal Cells Allways Means Its Cervical Cancer In A Person With Hpv?? Could It Have Been My Std That Made My Cells Abnormal??? I Had Claymidia, And A Yeast Infection, And A Uti Infection. Could Those Have Contributed To My Abnormal Cells In My Pap? Or Most Likey Is It Cancer? Please Help. Im Only 17 And I Dont Want To Have Cancer And If I Have It I Just Want To Get It Early But My Appointments Keep Getting Rescheduled :'-(

 
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: Help Me Please Need Answers!

There are many things that can cause abnormal paps. I can't list them all, but I'm sure if you searched online for the causes of abnormal paps, you'll find some good information.

I don't know how long it takes HPV to cause dysplasia much less cancer. Just because you are High Risk HPV positive doesn't mean you have (or will develop) cervical cancer. It just means you have the strain(s) of HPV that could cause cancer if undetected and/or untreated. MANY women are able to "fight" the virus so it doesn't cause future problems. Some women's bodies can't do that, so it continues to cause atypical cell growth.

It is IMPERATIVE that you keep your doctors appointments, especially since you have been diagnosed with an abnormal pap. You also need to ask for a copy of the pathology report(s) so you know exactly what it says. Be proactive.

Even if your atypical cells develop into cancer, cervical cancer is VERY treatable if caught early!

You need to be vigilant about your gynecological exams since you have been diagnosed with HPV.

 
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