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Old 07-31-2008, 06:09 AM   #1
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Question HPV Test- If you've had a Hysterectomy/Cervix removed?

I was just offered the new test for women (I think the nurse said over 35) for high-risk HPV. After informing her I'd already had a Hyst. (not prompted by any HPV related disease), so no more cervix, she said I didn't need it. My daughter now has High-risk VIN in her vulvar. After all the research on that I've found on High-Risk HPV causing cancer in other parts of the body/genitals, not just the cervix, should older women like me know if they have H-R HPV? I'm married 26 years so sexual contact isn't an issue, so is there a reason to get tested- would they be watching you differently for other things (no reason if you have no symptoms?)? Can they test without a cervic (Can they swab the vagina/anus, scrape cells from vulvar? I've read that they do test anus on gay men, so there must be a reason/test.)?

 
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Re: HPV Test- If you've had a Hysterectomy/Cervix removed?

hello, i personally wouldn't be rely on our answers about these type of questions on this forum because we are not doctors. your specialist would def. answer those very important questions. it's your health and you don't want to take risks. just my opinion

 
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:36 AM   #3
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Re: HPV Test- If you've had a Hysterectomy/Cervix removed?

You're probably at an extremely low risk of negative effects from HPV (assuming you even have it), but it's your health, and if it makes you feel better to get tested, then by all means ask for it.

 
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Re: HPV Test- If you've had a Hysterectomy/Cervix removed?

Hi Hermom!

If I were you, I'd ask those 2 doctors you'll see tomorrow!

I would think they could swab your vaginal cuff to test for HPV just like they swab it for a vault smear. They would just send it off in a different vial for testing. Do you still go for vault smears?

I'll be going for a vault smear every year from now on (forever) since I had cervical cancer. But that is ok with me! My cancer was caught without me having any symptoms. I don't put a lot of trust in symptoms anymore! I want them checking for things.

But that's my 2 cents.

 
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Re: HPV Test- If you've had a Hysterectomy/Cervix removed?

Thanks all! I went in for my annual and he did no smears that I know of at all. What is a vault smear P.E.?

 
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Re: HPV Test- If you've had a Hysterectomy/Cervix removed?

A vault smear is what they do if you don't have a cervix. It is just like a pap, but the pap samples tissue from the cervix. The vault smear is where they scrape the vaginal cuff (the doctor made end of the vagina they doctor stitched up after the removal of the uterus and cervix). It is just a different name because of different anatomy after a hyst.

 
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