Re: HPV positive spouse
I am discouraged to see so many people posting about HPV not showing up in a blood test. There is no blood test for HPV! Not in the clinical sense of a physician drawing a tube of blood and sending it off to the lab. Diagnosis of HPV requires a specific laboratory test to be done on the actual suspicious tissue which is removed. It is NOT blood born. like hepatitis or AIDS. Because viruses utilize our own cells to reproduce they remain undetected until they produce symptoms. Many people also post about cervical HPV as though it is specific to the cervix, it isn't. The same strains, usually 16 and 18 which are found predominantly to progress to cervical cancer, those same strains and others such as 31.33.35 and 38 can also produce cancerous changes to ANY area of the genitcal tract including the vagina, vulva, perianal region, anus and rectum. And just because you have a lesion removed doesn't mean you've erradicated the virus. The virus lives on in your cells to rear their ugly head at ANY time. Too many physicians are ill informed and often have no clue even when looking directly at an HPV vulvar lesion that you even have anything wrong with you. I had three active lesions and had to change GYN's because my prior doctor had died. The new doc checked me out and said, well you look find to me. I said thank you, left the office and never returned. He obviously was clueless. This disease requires constant vigilence of the person who has it and the ability to confront a doctor if you feel he is giving you erroneous information. If it was not for my speaking up against a surgeon two years ago, I would have a colostomy right now. His inexperience (which their ego prevents them from even acknowledging) and that of many other doctors can literally kill you. Be proactive and don't be afraid to change doctors if you are uncomfortable with the one you have.