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What are the risks of something serious from having HPV in my system?

By Anonymous March 11, 2012 - 7:38pm
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I found out yesterday that my first Pap smear came up with a positive result for HPV. I freaked out and had no idea what to do. So, I decided to do research. I've had the Gardasil vaccination all before I turned 19 and have been sexually active since the week after my 18th birthday. I've had ten sexual partners in 3 years, though several months apart. My longest partner was my husband, who raped and abused me, after lying about being a virgin, two of the men I've had sex with were virgins. I know, it sounds pretty bad to admit that by the time I'm 21 and 3/4 years old I've slept with that many guys, but one is my current bf who really doesn't understand as well as he probably should.

I am worried about it being something serious, but I won't be complacent after reading some posts sayign that HPV can clear up mostly on its own. I just really don't know how to react. I feel like its my fault for not protecting myself.

I guess I'm rambling, my question is what the risks are if something serious from having HPV in my system? I gotta go pick up my records and book a copolscopy tuesday to check, and so far its only the virus thats been detected.

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Warts often go away without treatment. But even if your warts have disappeared or have been removed, you can still harbor HPV and may transmit the virus to others.  Some of the treamtents for HPV are Medications to eliminate warts are typically applied directly to the lesion. If medications don't work, your doctor may suggest surgical removal, laser surgery or freezing with liquid nitrogen.

Here is a link that might be helpful




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