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i tested positive for hpv, both high and low risk

By Anonymous October 16, 2010 - 5:30pm
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had pap test in march 2010 which was normal, found some genital warts in august and got tested again and they found i had both high and low risk hpv. a recent pap smear revealed that it was abnormal due to undtermined significance, and the hpv is still present. the warts have gone away. my dr wants to do a colposcopy, and perhaps a biopsy. I am crying and nervous about what this all means and if this is cancer.

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome!

Firstly, try not to worry too much yet, although I know that's easier said that done. But most cases of HPV do NOT result in cancer.

Your doctor is correct to perform these procedures on you. What they will do is see what kind of potential damage (if any, for now) what the virus has done and to check to see if cells have become cancerous. This is standard procedure with all women but I understand how frightening it all can be. These procedures are usually done in the doctor's office and are not painful - they feel like a regular, slightly uncomfortable pap test.

You can read lots more here: http://www.empowher.com/cervical-cancer/content/truth-about-hpv

Does this help you, Anon?

October 17, 2010 - 9:26am
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