Originally Posted by rosequartz
how is hpv spread skin to skin? are you saying you can catch it just from touching someone who has it?
thats a new one....
Touching and sexual activities, yes. There are way too many HPV strains, (like the one that cause lip sores; or skin herpes) and it is so common that it is assumed that 80% of sexually active people carry some strains.. even the one that are high risks for cervical cancer are too common. It is detectable for females initally by PAP Smear abnormalities, than verified by HPV DNA test, no test yet for males. Gradasil protects young women (not sex active yet) from some of the strains
Most of the doctors assume that sex is the only way you get; through a partner who has it (active or inactive, meaning with or without detectable signs) if you continue with the same one, you cant re-infect each other, but changing partners puts you at risks.
That being said, it is not clear that sexual activity is the only way to pass the virus.
Sharona you might not need something as drastic as hysteroctomy, what grade is your dysplasia? there are other ways to treat it.