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How long after a woman is infected with HPV can she develop an abnormal pap?

How long after a woman is infected with HPV can she develop an abnormal pap?

We aren't sure...: We don't fully know the answer to that, but it might be very quickly and it may be as long as years. That is why women need ongoing paps and not just one every so often. Risky behavior today could show up as cancer in a decade! ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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If a woman has an abnormal pap from HPV then why does the man not get treated?

If a woman has an abnormal pap from HPV then why does the man not get treated?

It's not treatable: Excellent question, and subtle. The man's hpv usually doesn't produce a lesion that can be excised, and the hpv itself cannot be removed from either partner -- just the precancer / cancer. Once you have met a particular strain of hpv, it's there for life. This is in contrast to chlamydia and trichomonas, in which it's good to treat both partners in a current relationship at the same time. ...Read more

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Can someone with long term cervical infection and a protruded cervix ever get pregnant again?

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Can someone with long term cervical infection and a protruded cervix ever get pregnant again?

Never say never: As long as you have a functioning uterus, the possibility is always there. ...Read more

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How can a woman with HPV cervical cancer transmitt it by oral sex. Does she have to have open soars.

How can a woman with HPV cervical cancer transmitt it by oral sex. Does she have to have open soars.

No open sores: Hpv can be transmitted from the vagina to the mouth or penis of your partner. In the last few years there has been an increase in oral pharyngeal malignancies due to hpv. This is felt to be due to spread of the virus through oral sex. ...Read more

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How safe is it to sleep with a female with genital herpes, unprotected, she has not had a break for 3 months ?

How safe is it to sleep with a female with genital herpes, unprotected, she has not had a break for 3 months ?

Not very safe: Unprotected sex with multiple partners is never truly safe. You are focusing on her genital herpes. However, by having unprotected sex, you are exposing yourself to every partner she has ever had. Do you know what other exposures she has had and what other stds she might have? Unprotected sex with multiple partners is never truly safe. ...Read more

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How long before having sex with an herpes infected partner can an IgG test come positive? 2 weeks or a month? Or more than a month

How long before having sex with an herpes infected partner can an IgG test come positive?  2 weeks or a month?  Or more than a month

Asymptomatic Shed: The herpes virus can occasionally be spread when there are no symptoms due to a phenomena known as viral shedding. It is possible for a person to carry the herpes virus without knowing that they have it, in fact, up to 80% of people who are infected with hsv-2 show no signs of the infection. So it is possible for a person to unwittingly transmit the infection to their partner. ...Read more

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When a female is infected with herpes II and had sex with a uninfected male how long should the outbreak takes to come out?

When a female is infected with herpes II and had sex with a uninfected male how long should the outbreak takes to come out?

The average: incubation period (time until symptoms develop) after exposure (in this case the female's contact with the male) is 4 days, but symptoms may develop anywhere from 2 to 12 days after exposure. Obviously, use of condoms and disclosure of potential for infection is part of responsible intimate, sexual behavior. Stay well. ...Read more

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How can a woman prevent STD if she has sex with another woman?

How can a woman prevent STD if she has sex with another woman?

Good question: Genito-oral transmission of STDs + mouth to mouth well recognized. Mutual masturbation is always safe. Know your partner for prolonged period of time. Avoid cunnilingus in presence of any but clear vaginal discharge. Know that partner has tested STD negative 10 - 12 weeks after sex with another person. Otherwise UR always at risk. Wish you well. ...Read more

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If a man is constantly having unprotected sex with a woman who has gonorrhea how soon will his symptoms show?

If a man is constantly having unprotected sex with a woman who has gonorrhea how soon will his symptoms show?

Get tested: Symptoms usually show in 2-5 days, but may take 4 weeks. The most common symptom is discharge from the penis, but some men may not have any symptoms initially or may only develop symptoms of late infection including fevers, rash, and joint/tendon swelling. A urine sample should be tested. It is possible that both the man and woman should be treated for gonorrhea. ...Read more

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How does a single person develop the HPV virus is it just from having unprotected sex with to many people or how is it started?

How does a single person develop the HPV virus is it just from having unprotected sex with to many people or how is it started?

HPV: Hpv is a virus that is transmitted from an infected person to an unifected person. It does not "come out of nowhere". However, it can be difficult to determine when a person became infected, as it is often asymptomatic for long periods of time before detection. ...Read more

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How much is it necessary for a woman's health to have sex? If a woman does not hv sex for 7 montgs or a year is there any complications she can face?

How much is it necessary for a woman's health to have sex? If a woman does not hv sex for 7 montgs or a year is there any complications she can face?

No: Sex is not necessary to maintain health. Nuns for example have vowels of celibacy and live totally normal lives. Sex has the main goal of procreating (having offspring), but it is often performed as a pleasurable and sensual experience to many as well. ...Read more

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If a woman is diagnosed with genital herpes and years later becomes pregnant, what risks would the fetus face while developing or while giving birth?

Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ.The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak.The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection.A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...Read more

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How common is it to have an abnormal pap 6 months following a colposcopy freezing?

How common is it to have an abnormal pap 6 months following a colposcopy freezing?

Quite common: The freezing or cryotherapy does not get rid of the virus which caused the abnormal cells. It only gets rid of the abnormal cells. If the virus that caused the cellular abnormalties (hpv) persists in your system, it can cause cellular irregularity (dysplasia) at any time. Just make sure you keep up with the pap smear schedule recommended by your gyn. ...Read more

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How long should a person wait to have sex after being diagnosed with benign hpv?

How long should a person wait to have sex after being diagnosed with benign hpv?

Several issues: Make you partner aware of the risks before engaging in sexual activity. Was the area of papillomatosis removed? The time for sex cannot be dictated by others. Hpv, short of excision of the lesions, is never going to go away. This may become a chronic affair. Lesions often vanish spontaneously but recurrence vs. Reinfection is problematic. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more