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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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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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Can you carry HPV virus for over 30yrs? Can you have a negative HPV test 2yrs prior to positive ?If so, does that mean you just became infected?

Can you carry HPV virus for over 30yrs?  Can you have a negative HPV test 2yrs prior to positive ?If so, does that mean you just became infected?

Yes, yes, and yes: Yes, you can have hpv for over 30+ years. Any person who has been sexually active with another person ever in their lifetime likely has been exposed to hpv. This is why there has been a push to get young children vaccinated before they become sexually active. If your hpv test was negative 2 years ago but then became positive, then you likely did get infected with hpv within those 2 years. ...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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What is HPV virus?

HPV: Hpv is the most common sexually transmitted disease affecting up to 70% of the population. Although most infections resolve on their own it can lead to genital warts, abnormal pap smears and cancers of the cervix, vagina, anus, rectum, vulva, penis and throat. ...Read more

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Can you die from hpv virus?

Not in 1st stage: For most this can have no symptoms and clear itself within the first 2 years, only to remain in hibernation in your body.Some strains have been associated with cervical, penile, anal and throat cancer that could arise decades after the 1st infection.So for most this is a minor inconvenience, for a rare few it is deadly. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more