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is there any way i can do some things to help prevent hpv along with the vaccines ?

By Anonymous December 13, 2010 - 4:05pm
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I just found out a few moments ago tht i have abnormal cells and its hpv and Im having the gardasil shot done wensday and they said it may go away on its own and i also have a heredity of cervical cancer in my family and they also say i was exposed to the hpv. I know my ex is the one who gave it to me beacuse he was the only man i slept with. I know i have to tell my current new boyfriend that i found out and im terrified and frightened that he will break up with me for it but my main concern is is there any way i can do some things to help prevent hpv besides the vaccines which i am having done

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I don't know your age, but you sound fairly young. You will probably have many boyfriends in your lifetime, but you will always be impacted by the state of your health. You will be able to deal with the HPV and live with it. Many, many women do, and you're not alone. It's also important to know that cervical cancer is one of the most treatable, if detected early, and that's where having information will help. All in all, everything is on your side in terms of maintaining your health. Even if things don't work out with your current boyfriend, if you're healthy and able to enjoy each and every day, then you have a lot to look forward to. I say that as a breast cancer survivor and a leukemia patient. Your state of mind in facing this situation is important in helping you deal with it, live with it and make the most out of your life. You seem smart, engaged and like a person who looks out for herself. I know you can do this!

December 14, 2010 - 7:57pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you and im not that young i am 22 and i only had total of 2 boyfriends one my ex is the one i slept with and we broke up cuz i found out he was cheating on me and the second is my current one and is there anything extra i can do to prevent it from happening again in the future i know there are many types but if there are certain things i can do to get healthier and stay healthier so i wont be so much at risk of getting it again i would like to know. And thank you very much for talking with me. Thank you and I'm so glad u answered my question and thank you everything ur saying i have taken to heart and im glad ur r a cancer survior and if you say that its not so bad and that life is worth looking forward too then it must be true. So thank you very much.

December 14, 2010 - 9:51pm
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Anon - Thanks for seeking information to protect yourself from both HPV infections and cervical cancer.

It's important to know that genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.

Since HPV has been confirmed, there is a lot you now need to know for the sake of your health. The link below will help you, so please review it carefully.

In terms of protection, dental dams and condoms provide some measure of protection but can't prevent infection completely, because they do not cover all areas of the genital region.


Since you have a family history of cervical cancer and therefore a higher risk of this, it's also important to educate yourself on this condition too. You can find more information here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/cervical-cancer/definition

Since you're going to be discussing your STI with your current boyfriend you may also find the following article helpful: http://www.empowher.com/providers/article/talking-your-partner-about-sex-sexually-transmitted-diseases

Please do your best to not feel terrified or frightened. You're on the right path in seeking information, and the more you know the more you can do to protect your health. Good luck to you.

December 13, 2010 - 5:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you very much for the help and i am going to each of these links now. I will try not to be frightened but i can not help it. I am also glad me and my current boyfriend have not slept together yet cuz i would not want to pass this on specially if i didnt know i had it til just yesterday. Know that i know i hope he doesnt leave me for it and i also hope he doesnt want to have sex soon cuz i dont want to know that i know i have hpv.

December 14, 2010 - 7:05pm
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