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I am HPV positive and have abnormal pap results. If/when I have normal results and test negative, will I still pass the virus on to new partners?

I am HPV positive and have abnormal pap results. If/when I have normal results and test negative, will I still pass the virus on to new partners?

Really unknown: There is debate in the medical community about whether an individual remains infectious after HPV infection but now negative tests. Some believe the virus may lie dormant, but undetectable. Prudence would suggest one continues to use condoms with new partners, for protection of both parties. If in a monogamous relationship, no condoms might be ok if both understand infection theoretically possible ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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 you have a normal pap does that mean you don't have the HPV virus anymore? Can the virus go away if you still have warts?

If you have a normal pap does that mean you don't have the HPV virus anymore? Can the virus go away if you still have warts?

HPV : Hpv or human papilloma virus is a family of related viruses that infect humans but cause different problems. Some hpv types can cause genital warts, but the hpv types that can cause genital warts are different from the types that can cause cancer. Hpv is the cause of 70% of cervical cancer globally. There are about 40 types of hpv that can infect the genitals or sex organs of men and women - the hpv types that are associated with changes on a woman’s cervix that can lead to cervical cancer include types 16 and 18, which are generally acknowledged to cause about 70% of cervical cancer cases. Just having the hpv itself is not the same as cervical cancer as many women have hpv. Few of them get cervical cancer if they follow their doctor’s advice for screening and/or treatment. Hpv can infect the normal cells on your cervix to turn abnormal. Over many years, abnormal cells can turn into cancer if they are not found and treated by your doctor. It can take 10 to 15 years (or more) for cells to change from normal to abnormal, and then into cancer. Abnormal cells are sometimes called “pre-cancer” because they are not normal, but they are not yet cancer. The pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer. It looks for abnormal cells on your cervix that could turn into cancer over time. That way, problems can be found and treated before they ever turn into cancer. Recently, a quadrivalent vaccine against hpv 6, 11, 16 and 18 has been shown to prevent infections and the cervical changes associated with them for those virus subtypes included in the vaccine. The effectiveness is nearly 100% in preventing new hpv 16 or 18 infections, which have been associated in more than 50% of cervical cancers. While there has been political controversy about the use of hpv vaccination before onset of sexual activity, the recommendations from the medical community support vaccination. ...Read more

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Am a 50 year old widow been treated for HPV virus for 28 years had same partner for 27 years what can I do to start new life had approximately 7 warts removed in life of virus no bad paps

Am a 50 year old widow been treated for HPV virus for 28 years had same partner for 27 years what can I do to start new life had approximately 7 warts removed in life of virus  no bad paps

There : There in cure for hpv. The good news is that the strains that cause warts do not cause cervical cancer. However you need to continue with yearly pap smears. If you are worried about speading the virus, or contracting other strains for that matter, you should use condoms with any new partners. This is a good idea anyway especially if you are going to be in a new relationship(s). You can start your new life by being safe and responsible with the use of condoms. Take care and enjoy your life! ...Read more

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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?

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?

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 ...Read more

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Are all gential warts the HPV virus? Do results show on a pap test? Are they all incurable?

Are all gential warts the HPV virus? Do results show on a pap test? Are they all incurable?

Warts: All genitals warts are hpv and they're all incurable. Certain strains can cause cervical cancer so be careful! no matter how good the sex is, it's not worth dying over. Hpv won't show up on a pap smear but precancerous or cancerous changes will. ...Read more

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My Dr. says that with close monitor, Pap tests & colposcopy and no HPV partner, the virus might go and I'd be cured! Is this true ? Is it possible??

My Dr. says that with close monitor, Pap tests & colposcopy and no HPV partner, the virus might go and I'd be cured! Is this true ? Is it possible??

Yes!: there are many types of HPV virus the low grade ones tend to go away with time and did not progress it may be useful to HPV test from a Pap smear sampling even though the Pap smear was normal good luck! ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with HPV 18, but normal Pap smear. Is there anything I can do to combat this virus? Can you get cancers other than cervical from it?

Was diagnosed with HPV 18, but normal Pap smear. Is there anything I can do to combat this virus? Can you get cancers other than cervical from it?

HPV: 70% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV 16 and 18, no other cancers are caused by cervical HPV. In a female age 11 to 26 the HPV vaccine is to be recommended, if 31 is your correct age (?) usually periodic screening is what is recommended. You should talk with your OBG about your best next step, and good luck. ...Read more

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My PAP came back with "epithelial cell abnormality. LGSIL; mild dysplasia and human papilloma virus effects are present". What does this mean?

My PAP came back with "epithelial cell abnormality. LGSIL; mild dysplasia and human papilloma virus effects are present". What does this mean?

HPV, dysplasia: You have HPV and it has caused minor cellular abnormalities in your cervix. L(G)SIL stands for low (grade) squamous intra-epithelial lesion, usually due to a low risk (non cancer-causing) type of HPV. Most likely this is not serious, but follow your doctor's advice on follow-up testing and perhaps treatment. Get vaccinated to prevent more serious HPV infections and get tested for other STDs. ...Read more

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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