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HPV and Cervical Cancer

I really hate having HPV, because I feel like I cannot ever be with anyone sexually other than my boyfriend (who I have infected).  I dont want to be with anyone else, but it feels weird knowing that I am going to be like this for a while.  My boyfriend was with me and super supportive through this whole thing.  It started about 6 months ago when I began having pain during sex so I went to the gyno to get checked out.  I went back for my follow up, and I burst into tears when they told me my pap was abnormal. Now I know how common cancer of the cervix is, and how common HPV is, but at the time I felt pretty awful.  I have no babies and the thought of people messing around inside my body with knives and stuff like that totaly freaks me out.  Well after months and lots of uncomfortable procedures, I had my lesion removed with LEEP.  It was pretty wrong, the whole thing, but it is nice to know I am not alone. It does make it easier to deal with.    The HPV bothers me but its part of my life for now. Dont know if it matters now but  I used to be promiscuous and now I am not, and never will be again.
eroticdancer eroticdancer 26-30, F 20 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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Hello everyone! I just found out that I have HPV and I was told by my GYNO that it seems like its low grade but she is going to send me to get anouther test done. I'm scared I'm at work going thru all these emotion like omg I might have cancer! I am 35 yrs old have 5 children oldest 19 and youngest 3yrs my 4children were from my marriage and my 3yrold if from a new relationship I'm engaged. I work and I'm going to school right now for nursing. I just feel like my life. Is collapsing and I'm scared I want to beat this and my partner wants anouther baby I do to. Help scared :-(

I'm also in ur shoes

I was recently diagnosed HPV (+) I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. How did it happen? With who? Did I give it to anyone? How was I going to live the rest of my life. If there is no test for men do I just assume I'm giving it to the one I date or marry? Does he already have it and doesn't know it?

Then I realized all those diagnosed HPV(-) can have it too...except they may be in remission. So the only difference between HPV(-) and HPV(+) is that the HPV(-) are blissfully ignorant.

All HPV needs is skin contact so if there is blood contact then it spreads even faster. How anyone can get it: sharing razors, getting bikini waxes (they always double dip don't they?)
Then there is oral sex and regular intercourse with or without condoms (you can get either way). I'm a woman so even if I ask if my sexual partner tested negative for STDs he doesn't know: there's no test for men (yet). Also, when there is a test it will be inconclusive like the women's: remember HPV(-) doesn't mean the person doesn't have it/ it could be in remission. Yep, HPV can be spread when it is in remission.

It also can't be blamed on promiscuity either. You can get HPV the first time you have sex.

So here I am afraid of what other people are going to think. How I am going to share the news w/ someone I love. Why? There is nothing I could have done to prevent HPV that I didn't do. At last count 80% of the population has it- the other 20% probably doesn't know it yet (or isn't old enough). So let's stop blaming ourselves for starters. Get Gardasil or other vaccine if you can (It's advised for those up to 26 yrs of age) and protect against 90% of the virus strains.

It doesn,t hurt men if they get it.its the women who can get cancer,I never had vanerial warts again,im 41 now ,never got cancer from it so far,just use condoms if you have sex with other men.I been with over a 150 men ,im alive,well

If a man is infected it can hurt them, they can get genital cancer. It is rare, but it does happen.

I think everyone should keep their heads up.<br />
<br />
First, cervical cancer in the United States has been at record lows for the past two decades. Currently only an estimated 3,600 women die of cervical cancer each year. <br />
<br />
The spectacular success in lowering the death rate from cervical cancer can be attributed to annual Pap screening – between 1955 and 1992 deaths from cervical cancer declined 74% and continue to decline annually by 4%. <br />
<br />
Part of the success of Pap screening lies in the fact that cervical cancer, unlike most other cancers, is very slow growing. With screening, there is ample opportunity to catch and successfully treat cervical cancer before it gets out of hand. <br />
<br />
It would be unlikely, then, for any further treatment to improve upon this already very low rate of cervical cancer death. <br />
<br />
Besides, 90% of the time people clear the virus naturally from their systems within a 2 year time fr<x>ame. It is estimated that virtually all women in the US experience a series of human papillomavirus infections throughout their lifetimes! <br />
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Boosting your immune system against the dormant HPV virus is a great way to help your own body fight off the virus itself. Also, for many women, pre-cancerous abnormal cells on the cervix can and do go BACK to normal without intervention. (Sometimes they don't and they continue to become cancer...that's why PAP smears are a good thing.)<br />
<br />
Just as a side note: Despite the advertising which suggests that both mothers and daughters can empower themselves through Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) Merck's (the pharmaceutical company that developed Gardasil) own studies show that the vaccine is only effective for 5 years. So if your 11 year-old daughter gets the Gardasil vaccine, it will have stopped working by the time she is 16. However, since Merck doesn’t give out this information voluntarily, these girls and their mothers will be in the dark!<br />
<br />
(This has been a public service announcement by me.)<br />
<br />
Also references for what I said above can be found here:<br />
<br />
Tomljenovic L and Shaw CA, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence-ba<x>sed Medicine: Are They at Odds? Annals of Medicine December 22<br />
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(Google the title of the study "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence-ba<x>sed Medicine: Are They at Odds?" along with "Annals of Medicine" to get the text of the actual study etc.)

thanks the gardisol shot is money,they dont care about the people that get sick from it or the fact it last only 5 yrs.they are making money from it,spent to much money on it to stop. the young are the guinne pigs,some have got ill from these shots.

I think everyone should keep their heads up.<br />
<br />
First, cervical cancer in the United States has been at record lows for the past two decades. Currently only an estimated 3,600 women die of cervical cancer each year. <br />
<br />
The spectacular success in lowering the death rate from cervical cancer can be attributed to annual Pap screening – between 1955 and 1992 deaths from cervical cancer declined 74% and continue to decline annually by 4%. <br />
<br />
Part of the success of Pap screening lies in the fact that cervical cancer, unlike most other cancers, is very slow growing. With screening, there is ample opportunity to catch and successfully treat cervical cancer before it gets out of hand. <br />
<br />
It would be unlikely, then, for any further treatment to improve upon this already very low rate of cervical cancer death. <br />
<br />
Besides, 90% of the time people clear the virus naturally from their systems within a 2 year time fr<x>ame. It is estimated that virtually all women in the US experience a series of human papillomavirus infections throughout their lifetimes! <br />
<br />
Boosting your immune system against the dormant HPV virus is a great way to help your own body fight off the virus itself. Also, for many women, pre-cancerous abnormal cells on the cervix can and do go BACK to normal without intervention. (Sometimes they don't and they continue to become cancer...that's why PAP smears are a good thing.)<br />
<br />
Just as a side note: Despite the advertising which suggests that both mothers and daughters can empower themselves through Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) Merck's (the pharmaceutical company that developed Gardasil) own studies show that the vaccine is only effective for 5 years. So if your 11 year-old daughter gets the Gardasil vaccine, it will have stopped working by the time she is 16. However, since Merck doesn’t give out this information voluntarily, these girls and their mothers will be in the dark!<br />
<br />
(This has been a public service announcement by me.)<br />
<br />
Also references for what I said above can be found here:<br />
<br />
Tomljenovic L and Shaw CA, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence-ba<x>sed Medicine: Are They at Odds? Annals of Medicine December 22<br />
<br />
(Google the title of the study "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence-ba<x>sed Medicine: Are They at Odds?" along with "Annals of Medicine" to get the text of the actual study etc.)

I just found out I have high risk hpv. I cried liked my life was over. I hear it clears up yet there is no cure. It kills me that we have to go thru this and now I have to get checked to see if the abnormal cells are cancer. Its so depressing but I see that it's really common. What sucks is I was with the same person for so many years then we broke up and I went wild. I regret it to the fullest but there's nothing that can be done now. Online it even says u can infect someone with a condom. It's out of control. How did u find out ur husband has it? Cuz online it says there's no way for men to be tested.

And I also want to add that I'm so glad I finally joined a forum where others are experiencing the same thing as I am. It's comforting to know that I'm not alone, although I wish for all of us that we didn't have to be in this predicament to begin with. May the bumps in road, big or small, be overcome and left far far behind.

I've had HPV for over a year now and have gone through a major emotional rollercoaster ride...anxiety attacks, depression, anger. The fear for me more than anything (other than getting cancer of course) is meeting someone new. I'm currently single and have not been in the dating scene since I was diagnosed. For the first time in over a year, I met someone and we started dating. And it felt good. Two days ago, I told him that I have the virus and haven't heard from him since. It's just so frustrating, disappointing and painful to me to have to deal with this. Meeting someone decent is hard enough, but add HPV to the mix, and your chances get even slimmer.

dont tell him just use a rubber it doesnt make men sick anyway

Men get HPV as well, not telling him is putting him at risk.....HPV is spread through skin to skin contact....

if he gets vanerial wart say you don,t know how he got it ?he wont either

You have no idea what your talking about, you are to immature to give advice. Why would you put your partners life at risk....I have a son, I hope he never goes out with a person like you. How would you feel if you had a son and some chick did what you are telling other to do....your sick.

say i dont have any?put a light by your *****,say see nothings there.you must have got it from girl you use to be with.it wont kill him,hes probaly got something worse than you anyway just use a rubber

hpv is not a big deal i had it for almost 20 yrs.im alive,well.

i wouldnt worry about telling a man unless it was life threatening for him,its not only for women

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I found out last year that I have high risk HPV. There is no cure for it but it does clear up. I was depressed and devastated for over 2 months. My boyfriend and I read and read about it over the internet until we both just felt even worst than when I found out I had it. Now you'll have to get bi-annual pap smears instead of just annual. What does clear up are the abnormal cell changes in you cervix. If your gynecologist does find again that you are having abnormal cell changes, then at least she/he has caught it early and you can still do something about it.

Hey I Just Found out And IM SCARED TO DEATH I KEEP HEARING "HPV WILL GO AWAY ON ITS ON" Then i'll Hear NO IT WONT "JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD UP GOD ONLY GIVE U WAT HE KNOWS YOU CAN HANDLE

It doesnt go away you may have no symptons but you always carry the virus,it can give women cervical cancer but doesn,t hurt men far as i know the worse could happen vanerial warts,can be removed

"doesn,t hurt men"??? -- angelsmart, that's highly inaccurate. HPV affects both sexes. HPV can cause peri-anal (around the a-hole), penile &amp; oral cancers. These are very deadly cancers.

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I totally understand every ones situation here I am too dealing with HPV. I cried my eyes out when I found out. How do you tell a new lover you have it? Do you use protection for the rest of your life. I have not done much research on the topic and need to do more. It makes you feel really bad, I just had surgery in Sept.08. Havent really started to have sex again did once and it was extremely painful. Gosh! why do women have to go through everything.

it goes through condom i was told by nurse its so small the virus goes through rubber just protect yourself from getting anything else,dont worry about it! the worse could happen your man might get warts big deal he can have them removed enjoy life,****,use condoms unless your trying to get pregneant,get papsmears every year.

We in Canada are moving toward a program that would vaccinate all girls of high school age as part of our public health strategy. This vaccine would eradicate HPV from our population, much the same as we as are vaccinated against Polio and other diseases. There are some, mostly those of a conservative mind, that are campaigning against it. They argue that the vaccine is not safe. ( I don't believe that is a valid argument as Canada has very stringent health codes.) They also argue that it will give permission for young women to have premarital sex. (That too is absurd. Obviously our young women are already having sex, otherwise HPV would not be a problem). <br />
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I am curious to know your feelings as a woman, as an American and as one who lives with HPV. Would you support a program if it was available, cost free, to all American high shool girls?<br />
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Just curious.

Having just found out in December that I have HPV I would completely support the program. If it can prevent anyone else from getting it then I don't see the problem. I just wish it had been offered to me when I was younger or that I had know about it and could have asked for it.

I found out I had hpv shortly after my daughter was born and went in for a coloscopy. I lost my insurance before i got the results. Turns out I have pre cancerous cells on my cervix. Until I get insurance again I have no way of taking care of it. I've done tons of research and like you have discovered how common it is. I can guarantee you as soon as my daughter is old enough she will get the vaccine. Right now I'm just trying to live my life happy for my kids and husband. Its all you can do. Keep you head up. If you ever need to talk you can email me and I will be there.

Hi - thanks for sharing. I've had HPV and dysplasia for 2.5 years now, and my doctor just told me it's gotten worse and she wants to do a LEEP. I don't want it because my bf and I are trying to have a baby now, but not sure it can wait. How long ago did you have the LEEP done?

Youre not alone. I found out later how common it is, I mean REALLY common... its terrifying at first - I know - but its reality and once its over, you will feel strengthened... at least I did. Others tell me it isnt a big deal, but thats easy to say once its over. It is traumatic but its important to your health - VERY IMPORTANT!. If you have any questions or want to know anything, feel free to let me know! It will be okay, I promise! You MUST get the colposcopy though if the doctor told you to, PLEASE! Dont be scared, ok! Keep your head up

I cried and cried when I found out my pap smear was abnormal. My gynecologist called me a week later and told me that it showed mild changes, low grade I think.<br />
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She recommended that I go back in for a colposcopy, but I have yet to go in for a followup - I'm too scared. <br />
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Plus I am under my parents' insurance plan and I don't want them to know ANYTHING about this predicament I'm in. I'm afraid that the colposcopy will show up on the insurance record.

I cried and cried when I found out my pap smear was abnormal. My gynecologist called me a week later and told me that it showed mild changes, low grade I think.<br />
<br />
She recommended that I go back in for a colposcopy, but I have yet to go in for a followup - I'm too scared. <br />
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Plus I am under my parents' insurance plan and I don't want them to know ANYTHING about this predicament I'm in. I'm afraid that the colposcopy will show up on the insurance record.