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Old 10-02-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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cervical dysplasia? Need Insight.

I had my annual pap a week ago, and today the Dr. called and told me that it came back abnormal, and that I had a cervical dysplasia, meaning precancerous cells.
I do know that "precancerous" does NOT mean that I have cancer. However, she said that most of the time, a cervical dysplasia is linked to an HPV virus.
I have only had two sexual partners in my life, one being my husband. The man I was with before had cheated on me, but I was with him for 4 years before I found out. After I left him, I had myself tested for every STD in the book to make sure that I was ok. I had a pap smear and my blood tested. Everything came up negative. This was in February 2007. Later that fall, I had my regular pap for my birth control, and it came back normal. Now, it's abnormal.

Does anyone know if a cervical dysplasia can be caused by anything other than HPV? I know that HPV can take a long time to show up in a pap smear, but I've had paps done every year I was with my cheating ex.

I know anything is possible here, but if anyone can share information be it from personal experience or fact, I certainly apprecaite it.
I'm very scared right now.
Sara Jo

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Old 10-03-2008, 10:07 AM   #2
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Re: cervical dysplasia? Need Insight.

It can stay dormant for years and years before you get an abnormal pap. I had it for at least 12 years before I got an abnormal pap. Even if you get normal paps you can still have hpv. Yes, the majority of abnormal paps are caused by the hpv virus. Your doctor may advise you to have a procedure to remove the bad cells or they may do a wait and see if it's mild. Mine was mild and I had a repeat pap in 3 months (or it may have been 6 months, I don't remember) and it has been normal since. I do still have a positive hpv test though. You may want to visit the hpv board on this site. You will get a lot of good information.

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