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Old 02-16-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Question Normal Pap and HPV

Hello, I've read various things about the presence of HPV in your system after exposure, and I wanted to see what more people have heard about it themselves.

In July 2005 I developed genital warts and was diagnosed with HPV (obviously). I was given Aldara for the warts, which cleared up. I've never had an outbreak since. I got tested six months later and I had a normal pap. I continued to test normal every six months, until in February 2008 I had an abnormal pap indicating low-risk HPV. They did a colposy (sp?) and I never heard back from them...they told me "no news is good news," so I assume the results were favorable.

I've been tested every six months since then and have had normal results not indicating HPV. I'm very active and in good health.

I guess my question is, what are the odds that it's in my system still? Is it likeley? Is it likely that I'm contagious? Any feedback is appreciated.

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Old 02-16-2010, 08:09 PM   #2
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Re: Normal Pap and HPV

Good questions!

I recommend you call the doctor(s)'s office to get those pathology reports. I don't mean to scare you, but no news could be good news, or it could mean the report got misfiled or lost. Call and get a copy of the results to be sure it is good news :crossing fingers:

When it comes to the low risk HPV, it is possible for that strain of HPV (which caused your warts) to be reactivated. If that is the case, then the viral load for that/those strain(s) of HPV was low enough it wasn't causing a problem, but now could be.

I don't know how long someone is "contagious" (has an active virus), but I'd think as long as you have warts (or they have recently been treated), then I'd think you are currently "contagous." That word doesn't sound right, but it is the only one I can think of right now.

I hope that helps.

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