Re: Just diagnosed with HPV today:( HELP!!
I understand all the questions and worrying, I think we all go through it when being diagnosed. The first thing I would do is sit down and write out all of your questions. Then, call the doctor's office. Explain that you have a list of questions and would like to speak to your doctor about your diagnosis, or, if would give you even more peace of mind, see if you can schedule and appointment to meet with the doctor face to face and have your questions answered. From what your letter said it sounds as though while you have HPV present in your system, it is not causing the cells to change from normal to abnormal. Most women I know with this diagnosis are usually told to follow up in 6 months, not 12, but each doctor is different in their beliefs. If you had dysplasia, you probably would have been told that you need to go in for a colposcopy, so again, your cells are still normal even though HPV is present. If it is high risk, it takes a very very long time from cells to change from normal cells to cancer cells. It's important to keep an eye on it though so make sure you keep up with your yearly gyno appointments so they situation can be monitored. Unless you have abnormal cells, the only thing you can do is what most refer to as "wait and watch", there is no treatment. Good news is that the majority of the population will "clear" their HPV infection within 1-2yrs. To help boost your immune system and fight the disease off, no smoking, take a multivitamin, eat fruits and veggies, exercise, and all other healthy habits. As far as sex and telling partners, there are a lot of people on this board with varying opinions. Make sure you always always use a condom. While it does not completely prevent the spread of HPV is does lower the risk. I would recommend telling a partner. It doesn't have to be right off the bat, like on the first date, but it definitely is something that should be discussed prior to being sexually active. Most men don't really know about HPV, so its important to know your facts and be prepared for questions. Then again, I know people who have brought the subject up and the man didn't really question or care because he was too intent on "getting it in" lol. So, make sure you have the conversation in a non sexual setting so that the message doesn't go in one ear and out the other. I told my boyfriend early in our relationship and while it was awkward, it was totally worth it. He is super concerned about me and even now with all this HPV stuff coming out about oral cancer and men I feel bad that I have potentially caused a medical problem for him down the road, but he says he doesn't care and that I'm worth it. Your post said you are single, so I don't know if that means you are meeting a few different men and going on a few first or second or third dates with each of them to get to know them and perhaps being sexually active? Or not being sexually active until you are in an established relationship? Or living a jersey shore lifestyle of "getting it in?" As far as getting into a relationship my advice is to discuss it with that person, but I do not have answer of whether to tell or not to tell when it comes to a one night stand, it's a tricky situation. I hope this helps