I just had my first pap ever, and was told I have ASCUS with high risk HPV. I've only been with one partner (my current for past 6 months) and I'm pretty sure he's faithful. Does this mean that he's been a carrier and gave it to me? And now that we both have it, does this mean that we keep passing it back and forth if we are sexually active with each other? How do we get rid of it? I'm going in for my colposcopy in 2 weeks, but I'm nervous. Any advice?
HPV is a very common virus that is transmitted sexually in most cases. You can only develop chronic HPV infection of the cervix from sexual contact with another person who already carries the HPV virus. Having said that, chronic HPV infection of the genital tract causes no symptoms in males, and so your partner would very likely not even know that he carries this virus.
It's always a good idea to use a condom, but as they don't cover the entire genital area, it is not a failsafe method. That being said, it still significantly reduces your chance of infection. HPV is transmitted by skin to skin contact. The best way to avoid HPV is to avoid multiple sexual partners and keep your body healthy so that it can fight off infections that may occur.
There are over 100 strains of HPV and studies have shown that the same strain of the virus does not continually get passed back and forth between partners who are monogamous. (http://www.asccp.org/hpv_history.shtml). Don't be nervous! Your body takes care of most HPV infections on its own. But if the infection persists, there are treatment options. The important thing is to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong so that it can fight the infection. Eat your vegetables and talk to your doctor and/or naturopath for a treatment protocol.
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