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What should I be doing to take care of my HPV?

By May 2, 2010 - 4:38pm
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I am a 20 year old female. I was diagnosed with HPV back in September after an abnormal PAP smear in august. I have stage 1 displaysia, but I have never had a breakout. They didn't tell me which strain I was infected with and I have no idea if it goes away.. I was under the impression that I will have this for the rest of my life, but I've seen so much contradictory information on the internet. All they told me was that I was HPV positive and to come back in another year to see if they need to do a biopsy on me... I'm just wondering if I was given the right information or if there is anything else I should be doing. Id like to know what the chances are of it going away, and Ive been trying to find good, reliable information on safe oral sex for females with HPV, something I have not been able to find.

Also... I know this isn't really important, but Ive felt so filthy and disgusting since this started... my ex freaked out on me and yelled at me when I told him, another called me a filthy whore... And I just want to stop feeling like one..

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Hi Shade_Ilmaendu-

Your boyfriend was wrong. HPV is so common that about 50 percent of U.S. adults will have it at some point. You may even have gotten it from him. So put his ignorance right out of your mind. There are many, many strains and only a few of them cause genital warts. Did your doctor mention whether you had the warts or just didn't get specific with you at all?

In many people, HPV just goes away within two years. So watchful waiting is not uncommon, but you are within the age group the vaccine is recommended for, so you might want to ask about that. If you don't have one of the strains the vaccine covers it may still be worth vaccination. I would definitely call your gynecologist about that.

Otherwise, just eat healthy and be healthy, use protection when you have sex, and follow your doctor's instructions. Remember, half of all adults are in this boat with you. It does not mean you are dirty or anything else. It just means you are human.

We have information about STDs on the site here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/sexually-transmitted-diseases and the CDC has a good information sheet on HPV as well: http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm

Good luck to you.

May 3, 2010 - 7:06am
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