I also plan on asking for another HPV test. My doc will probably say that it doesn't matter but *I* want to know and boy do I hope it's gone.
I have the exact same question as you about the dormant/reactivation thing! I haven't asked my doc yet because I thought of it AFTER my post-op, and I don't want to send him a really long incoherent email. I don't even know if the question makes sense, medically speaking!
I would guess that if the test result is negative POST hyst, then your body has either fought it off at some point or the LAVH removed enough of it (cells in that area) for you to test negative. As for re-infection or re-activation, maybe we have antibodies so we can't "get" it again, or maybe stress could reactivate it. Who knows. My doc did say one time when we were discussing it that they just don't know that much about where the virus "lives" in your body etc. So maybe we can't get that question answered! Anyone care to chime in?
Ok I'm putting it in my blackberry right now to ask him that on my 6-month appt.....
I have been with my husband for 15 years so whatever is done, is done at this point re: virus. Water under the bridge. Either I'll have it or I won't. I hope I don't but it can't be changed or fixed now.
Here's my thinking on oral cancers etc... I asked about strains 16/18 on the Cerv/Ovarian board a couple of weeks ago - it seems that most glandular abnormalities (ex: AIS) are caused by 18 and squamous by 16. Many (most?) of the oral cancers where HPV is present have strain 16. So let's try to put that worry OUT of our minds. Not easy to do but we can try