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I went in for a pap smear four months after giving birth and i just received the news that I have HPV . My question is is it possible to get hpv before i became pregnant and it not be detected.

By September 2, 2012 - 11:38am
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Also that was my first Pap smear

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Hi LadiR219

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems from it. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years.  But, sometimes, HPV infections are not cleared and can cause:

  • Genital warts
  • Rarely, warts in the throat -- a condition called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, or RRP.  
  • Cervical cancer and other, less common but serious cancers, including cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx (back of throat including base of tongue and tonsils).



Here are some resources for you

Human papillomavirus (HPV)



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