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Old 07-07-2013, 12:50 PM
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Default High risk hpv test

So....my most recent visit to the gyno-pap was abnormal and my hpv test was positive for a high risk strain. Got the letter on Saturday.....changed phone numbers and forgot to let the doctor know. So I have to wait until tomorrow to call with any questions. But I'm kinda freaking out. I know hpv is super common, and doesn't necessarily lead to cancer, but damn. No sexual partners for my husband or I until we fell into this relationship with MD and here I am :/ I'll have to tell her of course, but right now I have more questions than answers.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:23 PM
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HPV is extremely common, I think about 80% of the population will get it and the majority of them won't know because it's usually asymptomatic. I am sorry you got that news and it freaked you out, I had it about 5 years ago and it upset me and freaked me out as well. My doctor had me get the vaccinations and I haven't had any problems since. As long as you are having regular check ups there really isn't anything to get yourself worked up about. They will probably want to give you another Pap in 6 months (yes, you have to wait that long) because if you have them too frequently you can build up scar tissue. Just have everyone get checked out and relax, stress won't help you either. It's really not a big deal.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:27 AM
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I've gotten a pos. result in the past and then they test me again and I get a neg. They always told me the test is inconclusive and that is why they test a second time. This has happened several times in my life - but last few times I got tested, it always came out neg., so I tend to believe that there can be some false positives for various reasons or certain conditions. So, don't jump to conclusions -- talk to the doc about it.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:22 AM
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Vaccines are not cures. The idea of any vaccine is to expose your body to an inactive form of the disease so that your immune system learns to attack it and is ready for action if it ever meets the real thing. If you've already caught the real thing and you didn't die (i.e. your body overcame the virus) then it already knows how to combat it next time, and the vaccine is pointless.

That being said, the HPV vaccines target a few different strains. So while getting the vaccine won't do diddly squat to a strain you've already contracted, it may prevent you from being infected by a strain you've yet to encounter.

HPV is like the cold or flu. Virtually everyone gets some strain of it at some point, healthy bodies dispose of it in due course, and life goes on like nothing ever happened, give or take a few extra antibodies coursing through your veins. It's not like HIV or herpes, which stay in your body for ever. It can cause cervical cancer, but even then it doesn't mean the virus is still in your system. Think hit-and-run. Get your regular pap smears to make sure that doesn't happen.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:03 PM
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Vaccines are not cures.
No vaccines are not cures and I was not given a vaccine to cure HPV, I was just telling her what the doctor did for me after I tested positive. The vaccines is also only for like 3-4 strains, so no, it doesn't prevent ALL strains of HPV.

I tested positive, they gave me the vaccines (that's it) and 6 months later when they tested me again I was negative. Possibly a false positive? Or my body took care of it by itself?
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:52 PM
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I was diagosed with abnormal cells in the cervix caused by high risk HPV relatively recently. (High risk is what doctor's call the HPV strains that can cause cervical and other cancers - they differentiate it from HPV strains that cause genital warts.)

I've found this website helpful for HPV and other STI information as well as general sexual health - http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti/hpv.html

I've written a lot about HPV in several threads including my old blogs. Feel free to take a look - might be helpful for you.
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