Ok so I just stumbled across this site and am really hoping you all can help me
I went to my Gyno's Physician Assistant 2 weeks ago and had a Pap. I received a letter from her stating that the Pap was normal but the HPV was positive. All it said in the note was that we need to closely monitor the situation and to come back in 12 months. I did research so now I know a bit more about it. She didnt tell me if it was Low or high risk. She really didnt give me any information at all. How do I know if I have what I have seen called "dysplasia"? She didnt mention any treatments at all. Do I have any options other than just hoping it goes away? I dont think I have warts. I wouldve noticed those I am sure. What if it is high risk? Will I get cancer?? Am I also allowed to have sex with this? I am single so do I need to inform each and every single partner about this??? How embarrassing!!! I would rather not bring it up but dont want to go to hell either. This is so overwhelming I feel so crappy. Somebody help
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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
I was diagnosed with this in 1998. My first child was only about 7 months when I found out I had this. I know how you feel, I was so SCARED! I do not know what stage yours is, but I am guessing if no treatment right now was mentioned, your Doctor will just want to monitor it with frequent Pap smears. I have had several colposcopies. I also had a Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) done and I lost most of my cervix, but I went on to have 4 more kids after this and I had them natual. The best thing you can do is to keep up with your Gynecological exams.
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Hi just read your message and first thing to say is dont worry (easier said than done right!) Firstly 90 per cent of people actually have hpv and its so common that most people have it at some point and it just clears up naturally. I have the other type, the high risk one and for some reason it has stayed in my system for about ten years. Although I initially thought it was the start of cancer I have now realised that it isnt, I have had cervical smears that have come back clear and some that have been abnormal (I have had CIN 1, 2 and 3!) but the good news is that as long as I have my yearly smears it probably will never turn into cancer, smears are the best way to prevent cancer. If you had any changes in your cervix the doctor would have told you so its good news if you havent been told that. Chances are the hpv will be clear itself but even if it doesnt it doesnt affect your sex life at all, in fact it does nothing to men whatsoever (why do they get off so lightly!) If you are worried or having bleeding between periods or uncomfortable sex with bleeding after then see the doctor again but if its just hpv then you can chill...you are actually in the majority...I hope this helps.