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If my PAP Smear came back normal, but I tested positive for HPV what does this mean?

By October 17, 2014 - 1:13pm
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My doctor informed me that the virus had not impacted any of the cells in my cervix, but I do have the high risk strain of HPV. She indicated that since I am young (34) my immune system will work to fight the virus (as it's like a common cold for the vagina). I am so devastated by the diagnosis as I do not really know what this means going forward. Does my life stop? Will this impact my ability to get pregnant in the future? I feel ashamed and embarrased and scared. My doctor said that the reason for the tests is to catch these viruses early, but is there anything that I can do in the meantime to help fight off the virus? Does anyone know how quickly the virus can start to get better? Everythign I've read is very generic (i.e. 6 months, 1 year)...I'm always very careful when I am sexually active and always get my yearly and even six month tests done, as I'm a bit paranoid about it...please help....

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Hi concerned2014 and welcome to EmpowHER.

Thanks for seeking more information about HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection.  HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.

A clear pap test indicates you do not have cancer. You should be aware, however,  that HPV can cause cervical and other cancers,including cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. It can also cause cancer in the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils. It will be important for you to continue annual check ups.  

The presence of HPV by itself should not affect your ability to get pregnant. But in some cases, having HPV can increase your risk of developing precancerous or cancerous cells in your cervix, which could affect both your fertility and your ability to carry a baby to term.

To learn more about HPV you can start with this article written for the EmpowHER community, Ten Things Every Woman Should Know About HPV.

There's going to be a lot to digest, and your doctor was correct, it is important to find this early. You will find more information in EmpowHER's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Community section, including information from other women like you.

Hope that helps,


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