I have been with my boyfriend for three years. he is the only person ive ever been with. About two yrs ago i found out i have genital warts. my experience with this particular doctor made me feel dirty and disgusting - i was utterly humiliated. because of that i have never had any other checkups since. i have finally made an appointment for next week to get a pap test because im scared i have cancer now cos ive left it too long. im terrified. i feel so alone. can anyone give me advice or tell me wat is to be expected during the test etc.
Also is there any point in getting the HPV vaccine when ive already got the disease?
i am so depressed and alone. My boyfriend is abusive and cheats on me but i feel like i have to stay with him because who would want me now? i dont want to be alone for the rest of my life and i would never want to give anyone warts or put them thru this.
Some risky types (16, 18, 31, 45...) of HPV can cause precancerous lesions (displasions) on the cervix that in time (several years) can be transformed into cervical cancer. PAP-test can detect these precancerous lesions according to the cell changes in the squamous cells rubbed from the cervix. That's why PAP-test has great practical value in preventing cervical cancer. It give us chance to act before malignant transformation occurs.
Not all genital warts are caused by risky types of HPV. Unfortunately most of the risky types of HPV do not cause visible lesions (warts). Beside PAP-test, you also need DNA-HPV-test to prove and determine HPV's type.
HPV-vaccine won't help you because you are already infected with HPV. You can only use local therapy to treat the warts.