A few months ago a smear test showed that I have HPV. My doctor called at half 8 in the morn to tell me I had an abnormality, refused to discuss it, and suggested I make an appointment (private, therefore she obviously makes a bunch of cash out of this) to find out what it is. She then suggested we wait to see if it cleared up alone. I asked her if it was sexually transmitted, and she said not necessarily. How can a doctor say this, when sex is the only way you can get HPV? I stopped seeing this doctor, and the new one confirmed that HPV is sexually transmitted, and also prescribed a course of FAMVIR, which cost an arm and a leg. I researched it online, and all the info I found said that it is used to treat herpes. So why is this doctor giving me FAMVIR, and for goodness' sake, do these doctors know ANTHING? I am really upset, am being messed around, and have NO confidence in the doctors I am dealing with. Please can anyone set the record straight?
I don't have any warts, so it's not the kind of HPV that involves warts (there are 2 kinds), and therefore I don't think it could be transmitted through killing. Also if it was transmitted by kissing it wouldn't show up on a smear test, it would show up as warts on my lips.
I definitely have HPV not herpes. I think my doctors are just idiots. One told me it's not sexually transmitted, and the other said sex is the only way it is transmitted. So has everything I have read.
Well, I'm going to stick with what I've been taught (I know there are two kinds - there are actually more than that - I felt that was a useless point to bring up).
However you caught it, you have it. Just because warts don't manifest doesn't mean you don't have the kind that causes them. You may get lucky and never have a breakout. However, even if you don't have a break out, you can still give it to someone else.
HPV can also cause cervical cancer IF you have that particular strain. Only a gynecologist will be able to tell.
It sounds like you need to do a little more research about HPV ladydeadlock. There are several strains of HPV out there and Eiri's right, certain strains do cause cervical cancer.
Another thing is that unless you have had a colposcomy, your doctor could not have determined that you have HPV. Your doctor could determine that you have displacia and have some cells that could become cancerous from your normal pap, but the actual diagnosis comes from a more indepth analsis of the bad cells. I know this because I was diagnosed with it several months ago and have recently gone through treatment and now I have received a clean pap.
HPV can be treated, but becuase it is a virus, it can never be cured. It can become dormant in your body and can be reactivated for no particular reason.
You can get HPV from sex, but as Eiri said there are several other ways of contracting it. You can get it from kissing or oral sex. It is an STD, but did you know that 70% of all females in this country have HPV. It is a very common virus that is treatable, but not curable.
I think that you need to do some more research before you give up on your doctors. And yes they do want your money, but they also want to help you. Try typing HPV in google, and also look on webmd for some answers. It will put your mind at ease.
PM me if you have any specific questions - like I said, I have recently gone through this.
It is easy to talk about once you have gone through it yourself. I can understand how some girls can get freaked out and scared...I was...then I did my research and talked to my doctor and then things started to calm down and get better.
I was diagnosed with HPV about a month ago. It scaired the crap outta me. I was with my guy for 8yrs and didnt understand How I contracted it. Needless to say I did and now I have warts. The strand with the warts are 6 & 11. If u have warts its concidered a "LOW RISK" strand. You HAVE to get your regular paps to make sure theres no cell changes. The more I learn about this the more I see how truely common it is. My doctor made me feel dirty like its a "whores disease" and still hasnt treated me with anything.( I hate Doctors) Your body will automaticlly make a ammunity to it but u'll always have a 2% activity wich causes a breakouts in the future(if u break out)and the chance to spread it. It doesnt go away but the doc did said the warts will go away on their own in 12 to 18 months as your body builds aummunity. THE BIGGEST THING IS TO QUIT SMOKIN (if you smoke). Smoking lowers your ammunity and causes your body to go SLOWWW in healin or exastborate the disease(spead it up to worse stages). Take vitimins and quit whatever it is that may bring down your ammune system. I've learned that up to 80% women in the US has HPV weather they know it or not. So dont be afraid. Its common enough to have endless amounts of information. Learn about it and you'll see how truely common it is..... GOOD LUCK
You have gotten a lot of good information on HPV here. It is very, very, very common. Although, there was a time quite recently, that HPV was not very well known to the general population. Thanks to the promotion of the vaccine that can prevent some types of HPV, everyone sitting in their living room watching tv in the evening has learned about HPV.
It is sexually transmitted but, guess what? There are no tests for men and men spread it from woman to woman. You can have HPV in your system for years before it shows up - so you can be in a monogomous relationship and still have HPV.
While the higher risk strains can cause cervical cancer, that isn't likely if you are getting your years pap smears and taking care of your health. Cervical cancer takes years to develop. Most women don't know this, but that is WHY we get pap smears to detect cervical changes that could be cancerous.
Get pap smears every year.
You might want to ask your doctor (you can ALWAYS call his/her nurse anytime. FREE) about the medication s/he prescribed for you. In fact, I wonder why anyone would take medication without first discussing it with their doctor!
Hi your doctor know what is doing. Famvir is good choice for HPV since is proven to have effect on the viral load itself and help getting virus under control.
HPV is annoying but I suggest you boost you immune system and burn those warts this is the only way to get rid of them.After your body and immune system learn how to deal with HPV you will not have it anymore.As far you have vissible warts you are contagious,when you burn them you are not is simple as that.
Another advice is to take Thuya occidentalis in pills and cream 3 times a day.You can try also Aldara cream that is highly effective on HPV lesions.
All the best
Hello, I agree, you should definitely ask your doctor about why they prescribed Famvir and Acyclovir. It's true, they are used mostly for Herpes but now they are being prescribed for HPV as well. I'm not sure why, I couldn't find any articles on PubMed or even google that showed the trials used to prove that these drugs are also effective for HPV. Can anyone help me out here, perhaps my search strategies aren't very good.
Also, you must make sure to only use Thuja externally as it can have toxic effects if taken internally in a large enough dose. As far as boosting your immune system, this is one of the best things you can do right now. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat lots of green leafy vegetables, manage stress and stay away from refined sugars. Also, I know of a supplement called Papillex. The ingredients were chosen based on Naturopathic treatment protocols and I've heard some people get good results using this with vaginal suppositories. Hope this helps!