HPV virus

Anonymous

HPV virus

I have just found out I have HPV on a routine pap smear, I didn't get a lot of info from my GP, except that it's common and I have a gyno appt next month

I have NO idea really what this means so I did some googling to discover its sexually transmitted.....

My husband and I have been together since we were young and had had no other sexual partners prior to getting together, I really do hope I'm over thinking things, I'm just after stories similar I guess!!!!

Feeling a bit overwhelmed

Posted in:  Relationships & Marriage, Health & Wellbeing

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Anonymous

It can also be spread by giving birth and breastfeeding. You and or your husband could have had it forever. Most people never have any symptoms.
Please don’t jump to conclusions, yet.

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Anonymous

Ah thankyou, see, I'm a champion overthinker!!! And I honestly know absolutely nothing about it, I've always had regular smears but this is my 1st abnormal one

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Anonymous

This is the new way of doing pap smears. They look for HPV as it's the main cause of cervical cancer. If you have HPV you get closer management by gyno as a 'just in case' so any changes can be picked up early. If not, it's 5 years in between smears. Your doc should have explained this to you before the test. I'd be considering looking for a new one.

You've likely had it a very long time. It's not an indication of anything terrible happening/has happened.

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/national-cervical-scr...

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Anonymous

This was me just last month!
This was my first cervical screening using the new method/ testing. As others have said, this virus can stay in your system for years, it’s when it’s left untreated for 10+hrs that it can turn cancerous.
Had my (very expensive) gyno app, where they did a colposcopy (like a Pap smear but insert a camera to check for lesions) came back I had a bacterial infection (common) 1 round of antibiotics and told to retest in 12 months.

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Anonymous

HPV is so common, just about 1 in 2 have it .. but there are several variants and 16 and 18 are the ones that progress into cancer. They categorise it into categories, cin1 cin2 cin3 and cin4. Basically 3 and 4 are close to developing cancerous cells, but with 1 and 2 it's normally just removing the infected tissue and regular paps. I had cin3, I lost 90% of my cervix.
It's scary, regardless and you won't know, until you have your biopsy. Don't do what I did, and panic before you get your results. Although I did have cin3 I didn't have cancer and because I had my pap, it won't become cancer.

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