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Living With High Risk Hpv

Hi,

Last year I was diagnosed with high risk HPV.  This type of HPV can lead to cervical cancer if not treated or caught early. My pap smear came back abnormal and further lab tests indicated that i had abnormal cell changes in my cervice.  I had to have a colposcopy and a biopsy.  I was devastated when I found out.  i thought for sure that I was going to develop cervical cancer and that I was going to die.  The more i read about HPV, the worse I felt.  I went back and looked at my sexual history and realized that I was not the most responsible sexually active person on the planet and i was on a downward spiral from there. 

I was asked to come back for another pap smear 6 months later and it was only after that exam that I was relieved.  My abnormal cell changes had cleared up!  This does not mean that abnormal cell changes will never appear again.  Quite the contrary.  This is why you must continue to see you gynecologist at least every 6 months to keep posted on your cervix's health.  If any changes ARE noted, then you have caught it early and you gynecologist can continue treating you and prevent cervical cancer from developing.

 

 

GinaRichards GinaRichards 26-30 29 Responses Aug 21, 2009

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Just before my 30th birthday this year, I went in for my routine pap. I tested positive for atypical squamous cells and high risk hpv. They brought me back in for a colposcopy. I wasn't too worried because I have had a colposcopy at 21 and they said everything was normal (after an abnormal pap at my 6 week check after my first child). When I went back for the follow up they informed me that I needed surgery because I had a very high risk strain of hpv and very high risk pre cancerous cells. I was devastated!I had the surgery (leep procedure) almost a month ago. When I followed up after the surgery, they informed me that they had susuccessfully removed all of the affected cells but that I will always have this strain of hpv and that I need to take steps to lower my risk of recurrence. I have to quit smoking, work out, and eat right (these things will help boost my immune system) and I have to go in for a pap every 4 months for an undetermined amount of time. I have been with my husband for 10 years. Who knows where I got it, but we both share it now. The only way to prevent contracting hpv is to never have sex of any kind. This disease is scary as hell mostly because so little is known about it. Regular paps are key to prevention. My doc stressed to me that I am a VERY LUCKY GIRL!

Hi everyone. I have to say I'm freaking out a bit right now. I got a call about 4 hours ago saying that I had an abnormal Pap smear and tested positive for high risk HPV. What does this even mean? I've been looking online to find some facts and let me tell you, that doesn't help.
Honestly, I was told that there were precancerous cells detected and that's all I focused on, i didn't even think about now going through life with HPV. I only focused on the word cancer! Can anyone give me an overview of some facts? The doctor wasn't really forthcoming other than to tell me the prognosis. How do I tell my boyfriend that I now have HPV? Praying for all. Thanks.

I will be 25 in June, and I contracted High-Risk HPV when I was 19 years old with my first sexual partner. As my doctor explained it, the strain I was given DOES NOT show up in men, regardless of testing, so my partner was an unwilling donor of this disease to me.

Everything had been fine until my last PAP, where they found abnormal, pre-cancerous cells and called me in. My mother just about lost her mind, and so did I.

I went in and had the coloscpy (not to be confused with a colonoscopy) done, and it was by far the most painful and uncomfortable experience of my life, I actually fainted on the table. It was seriously horrible.

The tests came back negative for cancer, but I am due for my next PAP and have been having sharp pains in my ovaries and in my back for a few months. I'm terrified to go in, and know that early detection and treatment are key, but unprepared to hear what I fear most, "You have cancer." It's CONSTANTLY on my mind now, and it's good to see other women in my same shoes.

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I was diagnosed twice in my lifetime with HPV. The first pap smear was abnormal but cleared up. The second time my pap was normal but the test showed that I had high risk HPV. My next pap smear will be next year I'm praying the results will be normal. The first time I was diagnosed I was in a monogamous relationship. So promiscuous or not, HPV is still possible.

Hi ladies,

I just found out today that I tested positive for high risk HPV and I want to tell you my story. I'm 31 years old, have been married for 11 years, was a VIRGIN when I got married, and have been completely faithful. The first thing I thought when my doctor called was "HOW DID THIS HAPPEN???!!"

Well, while I was a virgin when we got married, my husband wasn't. He had had sex with one girl before me, and she was carrying HPV. It turns out that I've had it for the last 11 years and just didn't know it (they don't check for HPV until you're over 30 unless you have an abnormal pap).

While I'm now freaking out a bit now (since I just found out I have it), I want you younger girls to know that it's not the end of the world! I have never had one side effect, have never had one abnormal Pap smear, and have had 3 beautiful children.

I have definitely learned something through this experience! When I first heard about HPV and the vaccine I remember thinking, "I will never let my daughter get that! If I can stay a virgin until marriage, so can she! I didn't need the vaccine and neither will she!" Well, even after doing everything "right" I still got infected. I will now DEFINITELY be taking her to the clinic to get vaccinated as soon as she's old enough!

This is similar to what happened to me. It's nice to see I'm not the only one going through this all.

Found out i have HPV i freaked out! Asked about being able to have children, my current partner, how long it will last, how many pap smears a year now. He told me I can continue having sex, will be able to have children, one pap smear a year, possibly disappear. Had the gardisil shot when i was 14/15 had sex in between the time with a condom and still contracted it, its been dormant for some time now. So if you have children make sure you get their shots done young. Condoms cant even protect you.

I really need help. I have HPV that causes warts. I've had acid treatments to burn them off but I'm having weird vaginal pain on my labia minora AND majora, it feels like diaper rash. It's not yeast or fungi. I feel better when the acid is applied but only temporarily. I think it might be vulvudynia????? Please help!!!!

I was wondering if u did anytjing in the mean time before getting your next pap tesr,like do u smoke? I don't know what type of things can make it worse...but i was pretty much eondering if u smoked at the time?and ate healthy?

Hey everyone im new to this site and im hoping to gain support by doing this becausehaving high risk HPV is absolutely terrifying. I found out yesterday that i have high risk HPV. I wasnt the most responsible sexually active person and reason being i had too much faith in the men i was dealing with. I cried when my doctor told me and after i left i continued crying and crying out of anger and regret. A million things were going through my head and one of the things were getting cervical cancer as well being able to have a family one day. I researched online and tried to find out what i could about the virus but it did nothing but only deepen my worry until i came upon this website. You woman sound so strong and so positive about your situation and i admire that. I hope some of that strength and positivity rubs off on my because i could really use it. It hasn't yet fully registered in my brain that i have HPV and when it does I hope to be as hopefull as the rest of you woman. I wish you all the best.

I went/have been going through literally the exact same scenario. Everything I read about the virus made me more afraid and I've had a really hard time not blaming myself and my own ignorance. Who knew that 79 million of men and women in the US would have HPV, and each year there are 14 million more? I sure as hell didn't. The word needs to be spread about this. This should be considered an pandemic for god's sake. And if we take care of ourselves, we can thrive with this virus. Get our regular pap smears, stay stress free as much as we can, eat healthy, and exercise. This virus is a part of our lives now whether we like it or not. It may go away, it may not. But we sure as hell shouldn't let it consume our thoughts and how we feel about ourselves. That will only make us feel worse and more stressed, and then we won't win. I've been trying to take things day-by-day and not worry so much about my future, and keeping a lot of communication with close friends and my mother. I also wish you and all the women on here the best and I love you all!

You don't need to have unprotected sex to get hpv, you can get it using a condom. Trust me. The fact of the matter is if you've had sex you probably have this. It's that common, I think the high risk type is seriously scary, but would you rather have to confess to warts? At least this is one of those you didn't know, there was no way of telling things. Realistically it's now just a part of sex. I got it, I haven't had a lot of sexual partners, I now have to live with it. Oh and if you give oral sex, you can now pass it through kissing. I mean really, it's not a matter of being a dark dank pit of despair (how I saw myself after initial diagnosis), it's life, and maybe a little bit of God disapproving of our behaviors.

Hi girls, I'm new here and I just wanted to share my experience with you all.<br />
<br />
I've never been careless when it comes to my sexual health. I'm 26, had 4 boyfriends in my life (all long-term) and I've only had sex with my boyfriends. All apart from one I insisted were checked (as was I) for any nasties before we had sex at all, the only exception was tested shortly after - all were clean and so was I, I've never had to worry about an STD in my life.<br />
<br />
My smears (I've had 3 since I was 18) have been fine and normal - except the last one, which was June this year. Nothing prepared me for a letter telling me my smear was severely abnormal and I was HPV positive. I felt as though I'd been hit in the face with a brick. How could this happen to me? I spent my nights in the glow of google trying to find out what was happening to me, and i'd advise all of you not to do that. The internet is jam packed with horror stories and worse-case senarios and they really do represent the monirity. Women who get through it and come out clear the other side don't tend to come online to share their experience, they just get on and forget about it - remember that.<br />
<br />
Anyway, I was mortified to find out that they DON'T TEST for HPV when you so for a so called "full screen" at the clinic. Nobody tells you about it or informs you of the risks, I'd never even heard of it before I was diagnosed. You only hear about the virus when you've been found to have cervical abnormalities and it's too late.<br />
<br />
2 of my boyfriends were "ex pla<x>yers" i.e. had slept with a LOT of women. I got over the trust issues surrounding this but nobody - not one person - your whole life ever tells you that men who sleep around have a much higher chance of giving you this awful, incurable virus that causes cancer and relentless, life-long stress and worry for women and NOBODY is tested for it until it's too late. If I had known this I'd have been far more selective with my boyfriends. But it's too late for all of that now.<br />
<br />
At my colposcopy I was told I had extensive CIN 3 and needed surgery. They removed a hefty portion of my cervix and now I'm playing the waiting game to see if it returns in six months time.<br />
<br />
Now i'm trying not to be too hard on myself, I went to a meeting recently in Manchester for women with HPV and cervical cancer, and the turnout really took me aback. These women weren't sleazy, skanky scumbags you'd (wrongly!) associated with STI's, these were all educated, smart, professional women who had all been dealt this card in life and were dealing with it. The support network out there for women like yourself is huge and far more women than you realise are going through precisely the same thing. We are just unlucky, but it's not the end of the world.<br />
<br />
It is right that 80% of the whole population will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives, but only about 1% will be High-risk HPV. Out of this 1%, only a tiny fraction of women will have immune systems which are incapable of fighting it off, therefore resulting in persistent infection and cervical changes. We are just very unlucky, it's nothing we've done wrong or should be ashamed of. I think if more of us spoke out about this problem and encourage girls to be more selective with who they sleep with instead of hiding behind the internet feeling ashamed we could do at least some good.<br />
<br />
And men who run away after hearing you have HPV without doing a little research on it are pathetic. There's an overwhelming chance they, and just about everyone they know have a few strains themselves! People panic because they don't know the reality of it, and like i said, hiding away and being ashamed will do nothing to change that.<br />
<br />
Stay healthy girls, all the best and lots of love xx

Hi girls, I'm new here and I just wanted to share my experience with you all.<br />
<br />
I've never been careless when it comes to my sexual health. I'm 26, had 4 boyfriends in my life (all long-term) and I've only had sex with my boyfriends. All apart from one I insisted were checked (as was I) for any nasties before we had sex at all, the only exception was tested shortly after - all were clean and so was I, I've never had to worry about an STD in my life.<br />
<br />
My smears (I've had 3 since I was 18) have been fine and normal - except the last one, which was June this year. Nothing prepared me for a letter telling me my smear was severely abnormal and I was HPV positive. I felt as though I'd been hit in the face with a brick. How could this happen to me? I spent my nights in the glow of google trying to find out what was happening to me, and i'd advise all of you not to do that. The internet is jam packed with horror stories and worse-case senarios and they really do represent the monirity. Women who get through it and come out clear the other side don't tend to come online to share their experience, they just get on and forget about it - remember that.<br />
<br />
Anyway, I was mortified to find out that they DON'T TEST for HPV when you so for a so called "full screen" at the clinic. Nobody tells you about it or informs you of the risks, I'd never even heard of it before I was diagnosed. You only hear about the virus when you've been found to have cervical abnormalities and it's too late.<br />
<br />
2 of my boyfriends were "ex pla<x>yers" i.e. had slept with a LOT of women. I got over the trust issues surrounding this but nobody - not one person - your whole life ever tells you that men who sleep around have a much higher chance of giving you this awful, incurable virus that causes cancer and relentless, life-long stress and worry for women and NOBODY is tested for it until it's too late. If I had known this I'd have been far more selective with my boyfriends. But it's too late for all of that now.<br />
<br />
At my colposcopy I was told I had extensive CIN 3 and needed surgery. They removed a hefty portion of my cervix and now I'm playing the waiting game to see if it returns in six months time.<br />
<br />
Now i'm trying not to be too hard on myself, I went to a meeting recently in Manchester for women with HPV and cervical cancer, and the turnout really took me aback. These women weren't sleazy, skanky scumbags you'd (wrongly!) associated with STI's, these were all educated, smart, professional women who had all been dealt this card in life and were dealing with it. The support network out there for women like yourself is huge and far more women than you realise are going through precisely the same thing. We are just unlucky, but it's not the end of the world.<br />
<br />
It is right that 80% of the whole population will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives, but only about 1% will be High-risk HPV. Out of this 1%, only a tiny fraction of women will have immune systems which are incapable of fighting it off, therefore resulting in persistent infection and cervical changes. We are just very unlucky, it's nothing we've done wrong or should be ashamed of. I think if more of us spoke out about this problem and encourage girls to be more selective with who they sleep with instead of hiding behind the internet feeling ashamed we could do at least some good.<br />
<br />
And men who run away after hearing you have HPV without doing a little research on it are pathetic. There's an overwhelming chance they, and just about everyone they know have a few strains themselves! People panic because they don't know the reality of it, and like i said, hiding away and being ashamed will do nothing to change that.<br />
<br />
Stay healthy girls, all the best and lots of love xx

Hi girls, I'm new here and I just wanted to share my experience with you all.<br />
<br />
I've never been careless when it comes to my sexual health. I'm 26, had 4 boyfriends in my life (all long-term) and I've only had sex with my boyfriends. All apart from one I insisted were checked (as was I) for any nasties before we had sex at all, the only exception was tested shortly after - all were clean and so was I, I've never had to worry about an STD in my life.<br />
<br />
My smears (I've had 3 since I was 18) have been fine and normal - except the last one, which was June this year. Nothing prepared me for a letter telling me my smear was severely abnormal and I was HPV positive. I felt as though I'd been hit in the face with a brick. How could this happen to me? I spent my nights in the glow of google trying to find out what was happening to me, and i'd advise all of you not to do that. The internet is jam packed with horror stories and worse-case senarios and they really do represent the monirity. Women who get through it and come out clear the other side don't tend to come online to share their experience, they just get on and forget about it - remember that.<br />
<br />
Anyway, I was mortified to find out that they DON'T TEST for HPV when you so for a so called "full screen" at the clinic. Nobody tells you about it or informs you of the risks, I'd never even heard of it before I was diagnosed. You only hear about the virus when you've been found to have cervical abnormalities and it's too late.<br />
<br />
2 of my boyfriends were "ex pla<x>yers" i.e. had slept with a LOT of women. I got over the trust issues surrounding this but nobody - not one person - your whole life ever tells you that men who sleep around have a much higher chance of giving you this awful, incurable virus that causes cancer and relentless, life-long stress and worry for women and NOBODY is tested for it until it's too late. If I had known this I'd have been far more selective with my boyfriends. But it's too late for all of that now.<br />
<br />
At my colposcopy I was told I had extensive CIN 3 and needed surgery. They removed a hefty portion of my cervix and now I'm playing the waiting game to see if it returns in six months time.<br />
<br />
Now i'm trying not to be too hard on myself, I went to a meeting recently in Manchester for women with HPV and cervical cancer, and the turnout really took me aback. These women weren't sleazy, skanky scumbags you'd (wrongly!) associated with STI's, these were all educated, smart, professional women who had all been dealt this card in life and were dealing with it. The support network out there for women like yourself is huge and far more women than you realise are going through precisely the same thing. We are just unlucky, but it's not the end of the world.<br />
<br />
It is right that 80% of the whole population will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives, but only about 1% will be High-risk HPV. Out of this 1%, only a tiny fraction of women will have immune systems which are incapable of fighting it off, therefore resulting in persistent infection and cervical changes. We are just very unlucky, it's nothing we've done wrong or should be ashamed of. I think if more of us spoke out about this problem and encourage girls to be more selective with who they sleep with instead of hiding behind the internet feeling ashamed we could do at least some good.<br />
<br />
And men who run away after hearing you have HPV without doing a little research on it are pathetic. There's an overwhelming chance they, and just about everyone they know have a few strains themselves! People panic because they don't know the reality of it, and like i said, hiding away and being ashamed will do nothing to change that.<br />
<br />
Stay healthy girls, all the best and lots of love xx

Hi girls, I'm new here and I just wanted to share my experience with you all.<br />
<br />
I've never been careless when it comes to my sexual health. I'm 26, had 4 boyfriends in my life (all long-term) and I've only had sex with my boyfriends. All apart from one I insisted were checked (as was I) for any nasties before we had sex at all, the only exception was tested shortly after - all were clean and so was I, I've never had to worry about an STD in my life.<br />
<br />
My smears (I've had 3 since I was 18) have been fine and normal - except the last one, which was June this year. Nothing prepared me for a letter telling me my smear was severely abnormal and I was HPV positive. I felt as though I'd been hit in the face with a brick. How could this happen to me? I spent my nights in the glow of google trying to find out what was happening to me, and i'd advise all of you not to do that. The internet is jam packed with horror stories and worse-case senarios and they really do represent the monirity. Women who get through it and come out clear the other side don't tend to come online to share their experience, they just get on and forget about it - remember that.<br />
<br />
Anyway, I was mortified to find out that they DON'T TEST for HPV when you so for a so called "full screen" at the clinic. Nobody tells you about it or informs you of the risks, I'd never even heard of it before I was diagnosed. You only hear about the virus when you've been found to have cervical abnormalities and it's too late.<br />
<br />
2 of my boyfriends were "ex pla<x>yers" i.e. had slept with a LOT of women. I got over the trust issues surrounding this but nobody - not one person - your whole life ever tells you that men who sleep around have a much higher chance of giving you this awful, incurable virus that causes cancer and relentless, life-long stress and worry for women and NOBODY is tested for it until it's too late. If I had known this I'd have been far more selective with my boyfriends. But it's too late for all of that now.<br />
<br />
At my colposcopy I was told I had extensive CIN 3 and needed surgery. They removed a hefty portion of my cervix and now I'm playing the waiting game to see if it returns in six months time.<br />
<br />
Now i'm trying not to be too hard on myself, I went to a meeting recently in Manchester for women with HPV and cervical cancer, and the turnout really took me aback. These women weren't sleazy, skanky scumbags you'd (wrongly!) associated with STI's, these were all educated, smart, professional women who had all been dealt this card in life and were dealing with it. The support network out there for women like yourself is huge and far more women than you realise are going through precisely the same thing. We are just unlucky, but it's not the end of the world.<br />
<br />
It is right that 80% of the whole population will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives, but only about 1% will be High-risk HPV. Out of this 1%, only a tiny fraction of women will have immune systems which are incapable of fighting it off, therefore resulting in persistent infection and cervical changes. We are just very unlucky, it's nothing we've done wrong or should be ashamed of. I think if more of us spoke out about this problem and encourage girls to be more selective with who they sleep with instead of hiding behind the internet feeling ashamed we could do at least some good.<br />
<br />
And men who run away after hearing you have HPV without doing a little research on it are pathetic. There's an overwhelming chance they, and just about everyone they know have a few strains themselves! People panic because they don't know the reality of it, and like i said, hiding away and being ashamed will do nothing to change that.<br />
<br />
Stay healthy girls, all the best and lots of love xx

Hi, I have just been told that I have high risk HPV and now I have to go for more tests. My gynae is has not explained ANYTHING, I just keep on talking to her secetary who is so brief and just gives me my test results.. I am so scared and confused, I feel dirty and I am really depressed after all of this. I am going for further tests on Thursday.. But I don't know waht I can expect

Thanks for sharing this! I just found out I had HPV and I am so scared of what's to come. My doctor really didn't explain much. Basically she just told me "to use a condom." I am so confused though. A lot of the posts say that you shoudl go twice a year, instead of just one. But my doctor didnt mention that. Is that just if you have high-risk? I dont even know what type of HPV I have. Im so frustrated that my doctor just left me hanging....<br />
<br />
Youre right though. This could be a wake up call for choosing sexual partners. I wasnt too responsible either, and now I catch myself beating myself up for my bad decisions. But the choice is made, so now I need to learn and move on. Question is, how do you move on? Do I tell the current guy Im dating that I have HPV? Im sure he will go running in the other direction.... <br />
<br />
Anyways, thanks again for sharing...

I am a 30 year old female who found your story inspirational and encouraging as well. Like some of you my past was careless. I guess I felt invincible in my younger age even after knowing two friends with different types of HPV. Anyway, in September of 2008 I was diagnosed with high risk HPV. I was devastated and an emotional wreck. I felt something was wrong when a few weeks passed before I found out my results. The nurse told me I had ACUS which alerted them to do further testing. The good thing is I did not have precancerous cells or dysplasia, only abnormal cells. My mind has been somewhat at ease but not completely. They felt this was caught early enough that I did not have to worry. I as well had to go back for a biopsy and colscopy. Not a very pleasant experience to say the least.<br />
Of course I had to tell my fiance’ now husband what was going on and explained to him what exactly HPV is. Neither one of us blamed each other. As I mentioned before I was not very responsible in my younger years. So I put the blame mostly on myself. He was supportive and continues to be supportive of me. Some days are easier than others. I think the closer it is for my exam the more nervous and scared I get. My husband likes to tell me in any situation that I like to make mountains out of mole hills. I can’t help that I worry about everything and anything. It’s inherited in my genes. However, in January of this year my results came back and the virus was gone. I am now waiting on my results from last Friday and my nervous are getting the best of me. I had a breakdown over the weekend and again this morning. I try to do a lot of my research on the internet and all it does it make matters worse for me. I recently read that the virus can spread to other parts of the body causing cancer. What are these chances? I also read that just because you get rid of one virus doesn’t mean you can’t get another strand? However I also read that typically high risk HPV does not lead to cancer if caught at an early stage. <br />
My doctor set an appt. for next year not for 6 months. I think or at least I thought once a pap came out clean that you could go back to yearly. Should I ask to schedule 6 month check-ups? I also read that just because the part of cervix that was biopsied came back normal doesn’t mean the virus didn’t spread to the higher part of your cervix. Someone mentioned having an ECC performed. I don’t remember what it stands before but it’s some kind of surgical procedure. <br />
This is so hard for me. I think my biggest battle is being able to forgive myself so I can live a happy normal life with my family. We have 2 kids, my step-son who is 7 and a daughter who just turned 1 in July. I need to be thankful and grateful that the virus was caught very early and the chances of it returning or developing into cancer are very slim.

I hear you Gina. As soon as I found out that I had HPV, my entire brain started swimming. I was in such shock that I had almost nothing to say to my gyno who told me over the phone...once it sank in I began to lose it. I was convinced that my gyno thought that I was a **** and had more information about it than she wanted to release in an effort to decrease panic, I have been imagining what it could be like to go through chemo, I have been visualizing my entire reproductive system as just covered in cysts and warts and ....yeah. It's been hell since I found out 3 days ago. I can only assume that in time I will just have to be much more careful with who I fall for. The awful reality is that women are so much more subject to these woes than men. I say this as almost-fact because it seems that our reproductive system is so much more fragile. It is truly heartbreaking that meaningful relationships can be destroyed on such incredibly ugly terms. I just broke up with my boyfriend because I wanted to see other people. Then I found out that I have an STD, had to tell him, answer to his accusations of my cheating on him (which I did not but still felt that I somehow deserved his tirade). So now I'm 22, can't have sex with people because I could give them HPV or contract another strain myself, and am totally alone. I have no idea at this point how I can begin to repair my trust for men.

don't feel alone. i was looking up statistics on that and 50% of all sexually active people with contract hpv in their lifetime. betcha in 3-4 years that percentage will be around 75%. as you know by now, there is NO cure; only symptoms can be dealt with like a "band aid" temporary type of fix.
I mention this because i had a previous partner whom i found out a couple years later had hpv without knowing it. it lies dormant like that for long periods of time. though i'm not showing symptoms you know what the odds are...
it personally derails my whole 'love life' picture. i don't want to imagine going through life without having sexual intimacy. it has made me consider exactly how much human touch means in a relationship. i imagine a lot of people i know have it without knowing it. some probably do know it but since they show no symptoms they may not care [out of sight out of mind, philosophy]. so in all likelihood i'm probably one of the proposed 150 million people in the u.s. that has this, temporarily dormant or not. so i totally feel for you.
so my mind wonders "what's next?? fold my cards and go become a monk?"
i feel torn but resigned. not sure i'm offering any help, but rather just commiserating with you i guess. i'd give you a big hug, but i know i can't tell you that it'll be alright. sorry.

TO YME86,<br />
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HPV is a strange virus. The more i read about it a few years ago when I was diagnosed with the high risk form of it, the more scared i became. The high risk form of HPV means I'm at high risk for developing cervical cancer. But i recently went to see a family practice physician and he told me that i would go on to live a normal and healthy lifestyle. He also told me that the majority of people with high risk HPV go on to live a normal and healthy lifestyle. As to how you contract it, I'm not sure. From what i read, the sources it made it sound like more than half of the female population would contract it by the time we reach middle age. Sources also made it sound like you could contract it through sexual activity even without a condom. It offers more protection from the virus than not using a condom, but it's not 100% protection. I'm doing great emotionally now. I'm eating a lot of fruits and grains and trying to fit in the occasional vegetable on a daily basis. HPV is just a reminder to be selective about with whom you choose to share you body, There are some key factors that put you at higher risk for contracting the virus. I don't recall all of them but one of them is having multiple partners in a short period of time. The other one i remember is not being selective with sexual partners.

TO YME86,<br />
<br />
HPV is a strange virus. The more i read about it a few years ago when I was diagnosed with the high risk form of it, the more scared i became. The high risk form of HPV means I'm at high risk for developing cervical cancer. But i recently went to see a family practice physician and he told me that i would go on to live a normal and healthy lifestyle. He also told me that the majority of people with high risk HPV go on to live a normal and healthy lifestyle. As to how you contract it, I'm not sure. From what i read, the sources it made it sound like more than half of the female population would contract it by the time we reach middle age. Sources also made it sound like you could contract it through sexual activity even without a condom. It offers more protection from the virus than not using a condom, but it's not 100% protection. I'm doing great emotionally now. I'm eating a lot of fruits and grains and trying to fit in the occasional vegetable on a daily basis. HPV is just a reminder to be selective about with whom you choose to share you body, There are some key factors that put you at higher risk for contracting the virus. I don't recall all of them but one of them is having multiple partners in a short period of time. The other one i remember is not being selective with sexual partners.

TO YME86,<br />
<br />
HPV is a strange virus. The more i read about it a few years ago when I was diagnosed with the high risk form of it, the more scared i became. The high risk form of HPV means I'm at high risk for developing cervical cancer. But i recently went to see a family practice physician and he told me that i would go on to live a normal and healthy lifestyle. He also told me that the majority of people with high risk HPV go on to live a normal and healthy lifestyle. As to how you contract it, I'm not sure. From what i read, the sources made it sound like more than half of the female population would contract it by the time we reach middle age. Sources also made it sound like you could contract it through sexual activity even without a condom. It offers more protection from the virus than not using a condom, but it's not 100% protection. I'm doing great emotionally now. I'm eating a lot of fruits and grains and trying to fit in the occasional vegetable on a daily basis. HPV is just a reminder to be selective about with whom you choose to share you body, There are some key factors that put you at higher risk for contracting the virus. I don't recall all of them but one of them is having multiple partners in a short period of time. The other one i remember is not being selective with sexual partners.

Thank You for your story, it makes me relieved. I went for a pap smear and the results came out normal but positive for high risk HPV. When the Dr told me that, I wanted to cry! I was really scared until I came online and read a little about, then I became a little relieved about it all. As a 19 year old, it was something new to me and had never really had it before. This makes me much more aware of my sexual activity. I'll be going back in 6 months to get tested again. Wish me luck!

Thank you, Joanie4. <br />
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I still worry about it but luckily nothing has come up when I go get checked every 6 months!<br />
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And don't feel punished. Think of it as a wake up call to protect you for furture illnesses! It was hard for me to stop punishing myself and to finally forgive myself. One day, though, I just woke up and said "man, i'm glad it wasn't much worse". Keep your head up and stay healthy.

You are soooo lucky your's cleared up at least for the time being! I also haven't been the most sexually responsible person, and even to this day I feel like this is God's way of punishing me for that (even though logically I know this isn't true). God Bless You!

truthfully when i found out i was scared because my sexual partner was military and didnt know howd he take it<br />
after i told him he ran off and we stopped talking and dating. Any hpv is scarey but you get through it day by day,i found out i had it feb 2nd,mines high risk as well,my doc ddi scraping of my cells,and came back fine,hang in there,it dont matter who youve been with because you never know who gave it to you because the test cant tell you<br />
but all you can do is be careful,eat 3 fruits and 3 vegetables a day and multivitamins,and alot of vitaman c,plus exercize

I don't really know how HPV is contracted. I just know that i personally have not always been the most careful in my past. My gynecologist says that it can be contracted even while wearing a condom. The most you can do is have regular pap smears and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Thank you for the comments.

Well Im happy to hear that everythings OK. Is HPV from the lack of sexual protection? I have a friend who went threw this same thing but I never understood how you get HPV. Stay positive :)