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    Old 07-20-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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    Unhappy 24, HPV - Where do I go from here?

    I was diagnosed at 23 with HPV, I am now 24. I have no idea how long I've had this since I had a very unfaithful "boyfriend".. It isn't severe and I assume it isn't something I can blow off because it hasn't gone away yet. I had Guardasil shots but I'm also assuming those haven't worked, that I have a different strand. I have PAP smears every 6 months, I've had one colpo and my next one is in January. The more I read about this, the more I worry about what will happen.

    Will I get cancer? Do I need to seek another doctor's opinion? Do I need to call my own OBGYN and ask more questions, and if so what questions?

    My biggest fear is being unable to have children.. My doctor's have told me to "wait it out" and that hopefully my body will push it out as I age. I just want to make sure my doctor's are giving me all my options before more damage is done.

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    Re: 24, HPV - Where do I go from here?

    Chances are that, since you are currently receiving regular treatments, you will not get cancer. HPV in all its forms tends to spontaneously clear on its own between one and two years after the date of infection, around 90% at two years. The important thing is that you keep your immune system strong so that your body can quickly establish an immune memory to the condition. If when your doc conducts the colposcopies any precancerous tissue is discovered, it can be removed quickly before it spreads. Otherwise your doc is right... HPV is a waiting game. If a second opinion will give you peace of mind, that is also an acceptable option.

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