A 35-year-old female asked:
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normal cytology, positive for hr hpv rna. does the rna just mean the virus is active? need additional testing to ensure pap didn't miss something?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes/no: Yes you have it in your system & no you don't need additional testing right now.These strains belong to a family of virus well known for hibernating for long periods in the tissues.You may shed virus off & on without any symptoms.If it ever starts a problem it might be decades from now, if you are one of the unlucky ones.Just do your regular testing as advised
Answered on May 27, 2016

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