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My Papsmere just came back positive. my resaults say i have Atypical Squamous Cells Of Undetermined Significance are present. does anyone else have these same resaults??

By December 10, 2015 - 1:45pm
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I am so scared and concerned. Me and my ex bf are no longer together so i feel alone and embarrassed. Im stressing too much so any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Hi deanne92

It sounds like you have a diagnosis of HPV, a sexually transmitted infection that often causes changes in the cervix— the lower part of the uterus (womb) that connects the uterus to the vagina. High-risk HPV infections can also lead to cancer.

Let's look at the facts about HPV:

HPV is a group of more than 150 viruses, 40 of which are sexually transmitted. At least eight out of every 10 women who have ever had sex will get HPV at some time in their lives. HPV is most common in young women who are in their late teens or early 20s, according to the American Cancer Society.

It is possible to keep passing HPV back and forth from partner to partner. Condoms can help prevent HPV, but are not foolproof. HPV may be present on skin that is not covered by the condom. The only way to completely prevent giving or getting HPV is by not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.

There is no treatment for HPV viruses. There are treatments for the cell changes in the cervix that HPV can cause. If your Pap test shows cell changes, your doctor or nurse will discuss these treatments with you if you need them.

It is unknown for certain once a person has some types of HPV if they could always be a carrier of the virus. Research conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) show some types of HPV either goes away on its own, or cannot be found, within one to two years. This happens in 90 percent of women. Once the virus is gone, it is highly unlikely a person will contract that type of HPV again, but you can contract a different type. However, be aware some types of HPV can persist for years.

Persistent HPV infections are now recognized as the cause of essentially all cervical cancers, according to NIH. It was estimated in 2010, about 12,000 women in the United States would be diagnosed with this type of cancer and more than 4,000 would die from it. Cervical cancer is diagnosed in nearly half a million women each year worldwide, claiming a quarter of a million lives annually.

In addition to cervical cancer, HPV infection accounts for approximately five percent of all cancers worldwide, according to the International Journal of Cancer. HPV can cause cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina, and penis. Oral HPV infection causes some cancers of the oropharynx (the middle part of the throat, including the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils.) Some types of HPV infection also cause genital warts.
There are many myths about how people get HPV. You cannot get HPV from being unclean, from toilet seats, or from having an abortion. Also, you are not more likely to get HPV from having rough sex or sex during your period, and HPV will not affect pregnancy or the chances of getting pregnant. If HPV leads to cervical changes that need to be treated, the treatment should not affect your chances of getting pregnant, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

It is possible to have HPV and pass it to your partner without knowing it. If you have HPV and have been with your partner for awhile, your partner is likely to have HPV too. There is no way to know if your partner gave you HPV, or if you gave HPV to your partner, according to the CDC.

HPV screening tests are recommended for women over age 30 to find early signs of cervical cancer before you ever get sick. That way, problems can be found and removed before they ever become cancer. HPV screening is different than Pap test. A Pap test screens for cancer cells and an HPV test screens for presence of the HPV virus ; however both tests can be performed during the same doctor visit.

There is presently no HPV screening test for males. You may want to let your partner know that HPV is a very common virus and that most people who have sex will get HPV at some time during their lives.

Deanne, most women with HPV will NOT get cervical cancer, especially if they work with their doctor for treatment which I'm sure you will. Most women will go back to their normal lives and end up getting only clear pap results in future. It may like the end of the world right now but it really isn't.

Your doctor will let you know how to proceed.


December 10, 2015 - 2:58pm
(reply to Susan Cody)

Thank you so much susan! That was very helpful. I honestly do feel like its the end of the world and that no one will want me:( but at the same time i am trying to be positive. At this point i am waiting for a call back for an appointment with a gyno. I hope it is soon cause i cant wait any longer. Again, thanks so much!! I highly appreciate it.

December 11, 2015 - 9:45am
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