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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in Women

HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause different types of cancers, the most prevelant being cervical cancer in women.

There are over 30 types of HPV that affect the genitals specifically in both men and women. The HPV Types 16 and 18 has been known to cause up to 70% of cervical cancer in the U.S. The HPV Types 6 and 11 causes 90% of genital warts and in some cases a rare cancer of the mouth and throat. The HPV virus alone has no signs or symptoms. the only way to detect it is through specific testing of the uterine cells collected during a Pap Smear. Most doctors do not recommend the HPV test for women under 30 with a normal Pap result. But with the virus on the rise, you should speak to your gynecologist to see if you should have the test. You must be open and honest about your sexual history so that your doctor can make informed decisions. Most women don't know they have HPV until it develops into something more serious. Scientists agree that women who have been exposed to the virus through sexual contact, are smokers, and have had more than 6 unprotected sexual encounters are at the highest risk of developing cervical cancer at some time in their life.

Pap Smear ImageWomen who get their yearly Pap Smear test are the most likely to survive the disease when it is caught early as the cells are in the pre-cancerous stages. Regular Pap Smears can detect the cells before they turn to cancer. There are treatments for pre-cancerous cells (cervical dysplasia). It can take many years for the pre-cancerous cells to develop after the woman has been infected with HPV. Every year over 250,000 women between the ages of 25 - 35 are diagnosed with the condition. With proper and immediate treatment, most cases will not develop into cervical cancer. Over 80% of women diagnosed with cervical dysplasia have been found to be infected with HPV.

One way to prevent cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer is to prevent the HPV virus in women. The drug Gardasil from Merck was introduced in 2006 as a vaccination for use in young girls and women age 9 - 26. The drug protects against the four types of HPV virus in women that cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Most physicians recommend the vaccination before girls are sexually active to have full protection from the virus.

Gardasil InjectionFor those who are already sexually active, Gardasil can still be effective, but even with the vaccine you must take the proper precautions. Starting with never having any unprotected sex, vaginal or oral.

Condoms have been proven to be 97% effective in protecting both sexual partners from HIV, HPV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. For safe oral sex, couples should use barrier protection as well. There are many different fun and interesting items that will protect you during oral sex. Dental dam must be used for oral sex with a woman. Condoms must be used for oral sex with a man. It's that simple.

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Jessica

I just found out today that my pap came back abnormal with signs of the hpv virus. i'm very scared. i don't know what to do. my mom had an abnoraml pap many years ago and everything was fine. my 28th birthday is in a week and i'm so scared that when they do the colop that it will be something bad.....i'm going to try and keep my thoughts positive but this is a scary thing to go thru.

Posted Wed May 18, 2011
Ashley

I have been tested over and over again for the past 4 years. im 21 and was told earlier this year i had cancerous cells and a couple months ago had the leep procedure done ( definitely look it up if your not familiar with leep). my mother was so upset and disappointed because of her religious roots and its been up and down but im a fighter and its not the end of the world. ive felt ok and am waiting to have a pap done again in july however right now i still have a bit of discomfort on and off. i dont know if there is something else going on but i plan on contacting my doctor to find out if their is something else or not.

Posted Mon May 9, 2011
Pj-smoove

Hey....i just foung out i got it..smh , im sooo scared and dont know what to expect ..i just hope and pay for god to keep me string and healthly day by day...because idk what esle to doo

Posted Thu May 5, 2011
Nana

Wehn i see sexually transmitted virus and cancer in the same sentence it freaks me out idk what to think and i still dont understand it!! so does my husband need to get checked?? i havent told him yet! omg idk what to think right now! :c

Posted Wed May 4, 2011
Mohamad

i have hpv , i cant repair it ... be carefull

Posted Sat April 30, 2011
Susan

I just found out today that my pap test was abnormal and that i have hpv. just like all of you ladies on here i was scared and crying. today has been one of the sadest days of my life but i do realize life goes on. im happy that i know that i have it and will do everything i need to do to manage it. please pray for me as im praying for all of you. we will get through this.

Posted Thu April 28, 2011
Maria

Hi im 24 yrs old. i just found out i have hpv im so scared words cant even describe. i have to go all the way to boston tomorrow to find out if i have pre-cancerous cells forming. ive been reading all the comments and im feeling alot better knowing im not the only only with hpv ive been with my boyfriend for 4 yrs and have a child with him.he cheated on my 3yrs ago and caught chlamydia i had a terrible pregnancy cuz i was getting treated and he didnt want to get treated.finally he did thank god. i really dont want cervical cancer i cant afford to get it i have 2 boys n they need me. what am i going to do?

Posted Tue April 26, 2011
Drea

Pap smear came back fpr hpv. really confused two pap smear a aer ago both normal. one sexual partmenr since then, am i to assume that i was infected by him?

Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Mickey

hi i am sooo scared i dont kno what to do,iam getting these werid symptoms in my mouth at first i had a lil sore throat an then my tongue felt weird,an i have this sore on my cheek tht doesnt go away,now iam getting these lil red bumps on my skin they dont lolk warts but i also heard they can all look diffrent, my skin gets very itching an thn it appers .i went to the doctors the other day an i got an std test it came out negative i have a pap test in june by i called an asked them if i can come sooner couse iam getting these weird sypmtoms, no help at all she say i was fine but she didnt even look at me all she asked me was questions an my sypmtopms an told me i was fine,i dont kno wht do do i want to go to the dentist but i have no insurance,i need help.do you think i have hpv, i am so scared

Posted Wed April 20, 2011
Ashley

I just found out i had hpv but i dont know how i got it!! ive been with my bf for about 2 yrs and im just finding out i got it!!!! what is it exactly? an std or cancer?????

Posted Tue April 19, 2011
Cindy

Well ladies it is scary to hear it for the first time that you have hpv. i got the news about 6 years ago when i was pregent with my daughter. i did what is called a colpo to see the cells. thankfully none of the cells looked abnormal, so the doctor said we would just do a pap after del. when i did that pap everything came back normal. so the key thing is just to stay up to date with your pap and take care of yourself. the virus comes and goes so just stay on top of your paps. the sooner they find the virus the better it is for everyone.

Posted Mon April 18, 2011
Angry

I found out today that i have hpv......i immediately got worried but this site helped me understand hpv and what i should do about it. i have always had protected sex but i began having unprotected sex with my boyfriend of 5 years after 2......now i'm in this predicament.

Posted Mon April 18, 2011
Willmarie

Well i just found out i have hpv and i freaked out i didnt know what to do so scared especially when am trying to have a baby i dnt know if that will afect me???

Posted Mon April 18, 2011
Kanonymous

I just found out i have hpv yesterday. not a happy camper. i can't believe there are so many people with this, no symptoms and it is just being passed around and nobody knows it. the commercial for the gardasil vaccine, i thought was advertising to prevent female cancer. i had no idea how many people could actually have this. i have been married 18 years. did i have it then, did he have it? i don't know who gave it to who and why it is just now showing up on my pap since i go regularly religiously yearly. for you girls that are afraid you gave it to your significant other, he could have gave it to you. it is definately an unseen epidemic. and for the one that said have oral-you get it that way too. it is an std! there are so many types of it, i don't think the vaccine covers all types either.

Posted Fri April 15, 2011
Anonymous

Hi everyone, my doctor just told me that i have hpv now am a little confuse here does this mean my partner can also get it?? i have been with my partner for over 11 years and nobody else but him. now as i was reading about it on one of the articles it also stays that you can get on oral sex??? i am really confuse and also sad to here this news my doc is talking about its something that goes away by it self or if it doesnt it cause cancer??? what can we do????

Posted Wed April 13, 2011
Eliza

I was vaccinated with gardasil 3 years ago. i was never tested for hpv until a few weeks ago and my pap results came back positive for hpv. will i need to get a different/new vaccination?

Posted Tue April 12, 2011
Rachel

Does that mean since i got hpv i cant have kids a hed ten adnormal pap smears two bios n one leeep

Posted Sun April 10, 2011
Tuffy

I have been reading all the comments and it makes me sad, but also that someone out there knows what i am going through/ i contracted hvp when i was 21. i was in a monogomous relationship (at least on my end) and found out through my yearly exam. i am 33 and 1/2 years old and have had 3 cryos and 1 leep so far. i just got the call from the doc who told me it is abnormal yet again. i wish this damn thing would just go away. hpv makes dating really hard and it makes a difference in your personality. it's a part of me now and there's nothing i can do about it!

Posted Sun April 10, 2011
Kiara Hamilton

Please remember to use a condom when you think its time for you have to sex are every time you are about to have sex and that will prevent you from having any diease at all.god bless all those who have any of those diease that they will get better.

Posted Thu April 7, 2011
Brittany

I jsut found out i have hpv, the thing is i don't know how long i've had it last time i had a chk up was 3 yrs ago, which is how long it was since i had sex with anyone except my new husband. last person was my ex husband 3 yrs ago. they also said there were abnormal cells. i only found this out because i went to the dr. after finding out i was pregnant and they did a pap on the initial visit. i'm scared and don't know what i should do. there is already a strong history of cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and indemetriosis in my family. i'm only 25 i don't want to find out i have cancer and be preganant as well. i want my baby to be healthy.

Posted Thu April 7, 2011
Danelle Leseberg

I found out i had hpv a year ago. i did a leep and i had my shots done, but i finally had my last app with my doctor, and then i found out it came back i'm not happy because i thought it would leave forever. this is my second time going through this and im getting very scared waiting for my test to come back =[

Posted Wed April 6, 2011
Anonymous

I found out when i was 12 weeks pregnant that i have hpv, i was clear before i got with my son's "sperm doner" which i was with for 4 1/2 years..i had gotten the gardasil shots when i was 16 i am now 21, i see the shots didn't work too well...

Posted Mon April 4, 2011
Brooklynn

I was 17 when i found out i had hpv ... i didnt really understand what it was and kept sleeping with him .. i had only been with him.. got a biopsy and.. everything got another pap smear 6 months later and it was gone how????? cause i kept sleeping with him ... i waited till i was 21 to get another pap still sleeping with him since last month.. big mistake!! i have hpv and he has 6 kids with 6 diffrent women .... i dont think i will ever be able to forgive him i was with him since i was 15... my biggest mistake was staying with him ... i hope it goes away and i hope one day i can have kids how can he get 6 pregnat in 1 year and ive been with him for 6 years and havent gotten pregnant?

Posted Mon April 4, 2011
Brooke

Just foundout from my boyfriend that his ex just told him she has hpv. im so scared cuz just a cple weeks ago i had what i thought was a yeast infection and ive never had one before and i told my gyno bout it and she didnt even wanna do a pap test cuz she said it just sounded like a yeast infection so i was a little relieved. plus he has hemoriods really bad...now im wandering if they are actually warts or signs of anal cancer. he does drink alot. and i used to smoke alot. :(

Posted Sat April 2, 2011
Anonymous 4

So i just got back from the dr.s and i found out i have hpv i did the right thing in telling my wife-to-be i have hpv and she tells me she cant deal, wont talk with me, or even look at me! god kill me now.

Posted Fri April 1, 2011
Brandi

I just found out im hpv postive and im pregnant this is by far the most shocking thing

Posted Thu March 31, 2011
Cassie

I have been with the same man for 8 years now and have had 3 children and have had a normal pap every year since i was 16 years old.then last year i get my pap and it came back that i have hpv.they said i could have had it a long time and it is just now showing up.its freaking crazy,and i had abnormal cells on my cervix also.it stinks.i dont get it.

Posted Thu March 31, 2011
Brandi

I just found out that i have hpv...ive never been more terrified....im so scared that my fiance will not want to have sex anymore..i feel like a whore...and i cant stop crying..im already depressed as it is.. :'(

Posted Thu March 31, 2011
Ans

I just found out i had a abnormal pap and that i might have hpv. i have to wait two weeks for my full pap to come back to know if i need to see a specialist. i am very scared and dont know what to do. so many things are running through my mind. :' (

Posted Fri March 25, 2011
Margie Cox

Help, my 22 year old ,beautiful, smart daughter was diagnosed today with hpv. i am stunned, shocked, hurt and much more. i have 2 daughters whom i taught to be virgins as long as possible. i was hoping this daughter was still a virgin. she has a serious boyfriend who is 6 years older.he loves her and plans to marry her next year when she graduates from college. did he give this to her? heaven forbid that she give it to him. i feel like throwing up thinking about this. she had the whole world in the palm of her hand. i do not understand. girls, life is hard enough, without a std. i can not imagine living with one. it must be awful in my opinion. i remained a virgin until i married at 24. i have been faithful 35 years and so has my husband. i sleep like a baby at night and can be open and honest with people because i have nothing to hide. i can not believe this. i am sitting here thinking about how much this will affect her future. no m,atter what ya'll say , it is something she will always have to deal with. speechless mom,marg

Posted Wed March 23, 2011
Alex

I have had protected sex,but i still managed to get the hpv.i did get the gardasil shots before i was sexually active too.i'm 19 and just had a procedure done to me today where the doctor had to freeze off the abnormal amount of cells on my cervix.it was quite painful but at least i caught it early and now,i just hope i do not get it again.just don't have sex at all and wait.i wish i did.sometimes,the condom won't help.

Posted Tue March 22, 2011
Holly

I found out today i have hpv cells present and to go back to see the doctor for more swaps in 6 months will this effects me having children?

Posted Tue March 22, 2011
Elizabeth

I had a bout of bad luck last year around this time, health wise. i ended up needing an ultrasound, a colposcopy (came back normal) and an extra pap between my yearly. back in the beginning of february i went in for my 2nd pap... i got the letter today! the results stated that my prior condition has "slightly improvement", but now i am showing "evidence of the hpv virus". i'm totally freaking out and don't know what to think/do now!

Posted Thu March 17, 2011
Anonymous

My sister just found out she has hpv and she does not know what to expect? i dont know what to tell her.. i really feel sad for her:(

Posted Tue March 15, 2011
Jamie

My name is jamie just want you all to know that you can get hpv from oral sex, i 've been reading alot about hpv because i am concerned for my step daughter . please keep it safe

Posted Tue March 15, 2011
Sammy In Ohio

Is the gardasil injection effective against break-outs if you have already been diagnosed with hpv ? im not asking for myself im asking for a friend who was just diagnosed today.

Posted Tue March 8, 2011
Renee

Hello everyone....since 1997 i was diagnose with the hpv virus. i was pregnant at the time with my son and thought my son was going to have serious problems or even be still born. well my son is 16 now and healthy as a horse, get good grades and have a great personality. through those years i have had 3 leeps..3biopsies...and now a hysterectomy. i would like to say that im out of the woods but today i heard on the radio that now the virus could give you other cancers in your body. i am so happy that my daughters are not sexually active...but i took the procautions and took them to the doctors to get the shots anyways. sometimes its not your fault and you never know if your spouse or boyfriend cheats on you and then your stuck with a std for the rest of your life. so safe sex is very important it will save your life!!!!!

Posted Mon March 7, 2011
Julie

I was always very protective of the downstairs. i always used a condom and i got my pap regularly as suggested. well...i met an amazing guy and after dating for a while we finally had unprotected sex. i was checked before we made that decision and no signs of hpv. we had been having unprotected sex for about 2 years. in that time i was checked every 6 months just to be safe. i was given the hpv vaccine and now all of a sudden i have the virus. what a waste. vaccine my butt. now i have doubts about my relationship and i'm just really bummed....

Posted Sat March 5, 2011
Mollie

I found out this past week that i have hpv, the bad part is that i got it from my mom. i have to go back to the doctor in a week for them to do some more testing and im so scared. i dont know what to expect or do. everytime it comes up in my family all i want to do is cry because im not sure what is coming next. i am only 18 and my mom had to have a full hysterectomy when she was in her early 20's because of her hpv. so im super scared.

Posted Thu February 24, 2011
Kristiene

I found out today my pap came back abnormal with positive results of hpv. my heart dropped when i heard the news i'm in a coplete state of shock. not really sure what to do with myself at this point i made an appointment to check my cervix under the microscope i'm a ball of nerves right now scared things will go wrong i'm too young for something bad to happen to me like this!

Posted Thu February 24, 2011
Sarie

I was 19 and waited 6 months to lose my virginity to my partner and we used condoms very time for another 3 months. the hpv virus showed up on my first pap smear and my partner didnt have any idea that he had it in the first place. i was pretty upset at the time but i just have a pap smear every 12 months and our relationship is still going strong 5 years later. yes sometimes i feel a bit down when i think about the virus but i try to focus on the positives, my doctor and i are monitoring it early so we can respond to any serious changes and my partner is very supportive.

Posted Tue February 22, 2011
Used 2 B Happy

It's hard to believe this can happen to you but it's happening to more and more women in america. it says most women with hpv smoke and had more than six unprotected partners but me i 've been with my children father goin on four years and all i can think of he been sleeping around but i got the virus now all i can do is stress myself on when and how badd i'm feell when this diease take me away fr my pecious family. i'm teach my girls to never have sex unprotect no matter what it's never worth it.

Posted Thu February 17, 2011
Brit

I'm 18 and i was diagnosed with hpv 6 months ago and i have never had a sexual partner. how did this happen?

Posted Thu February 17, 2011
Anonymous

So i am 19 and just lost my virginity 3 months ago and found out today that my first pap smear ever was hpv positive! get vaccinated!

Posted Thu February 17, 2011
Maria

Could anyone please tell me:if a woman have got a hpv, how long does it take the 'bad' cells to develope into cancer?

Posted Mon February 14, 2011
Kim

I have been married 20 years and they have decided that i have hpv either 16 or 18 i have never cheated on my husband but i no that hes cheated on me . i forgave him 15 years ago but how do i know this is a new hpv or the same thing again.. when i first married him i got it but had a crosurgery. so i thought it was gone can it come back or is he cheating with someone new?

Posted Thu February 3, 2011
Anomynous

I'm 18 years old , and i have had no sex for a year and just found out today that i have it i'm soo depressed right now help me please

Posted Wed February 2, 2011
Anonymous

Lidia commented to "just have oral" hpv can also be contracted throught oral sex, it's a skin on skin disease. condoms are also not 100% sure protection. get gardasil, and if you already have it, follow your doctors instructions and get yourself healty.

Posted Tue February 1, 2011
Jennifer

Jenn i have had hpv for 4 years. i believe that i contracted it from my (now) ex-husband. the horrible thing is that i have been in a relationship with someone i love and we do not have protected sex. i don't know how to tell him that i have the virus. i feel miserable! :(

Posted Thu January 27, 2011
Anonymous

This lady is dating my son they have a baby together today she found out she has hpv, would he be safe

Posted Tue January 18, 2011
Anonymous

I just found out i have it and i am pregnant. the only two men i have ever been with is my ex -husband and my husband now. i really sucks because i was not out there doing anything.

Posted Tue January 18, 2011
Kara

To the woman who has hpv and never been with another man get rid of him now, i was diagnosed 10 years ago and i also never was with another man in 35 yrs.

Posted Sun January 9, 2011
Wakeup

Over 75% of women have it... most immune systems get rid of it within 2 years.... find a doctor that won't scare you into thinking you're going to get cancer. hpv developing into cervical cancer is extremely rare! http://www.asccp.org/pdfs/patient_edu/women_should_know.pdf. don't blame your partner(s) and keep you zipper locked until marriage! with all the std's out there, why can't people stop jumping in the sack so quickly! message to you "teens" out there - curiosity killed the pussy cat! see also: http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/hpv.html

Posted Thu January 6, 2011
Hedi Norman

After losing my husband beginning of this year had first sexual contact. got a phone call that my partner had been exposed to hpv by his ex wife. now im frantic....

Posted Mon January 3, 2011
Dedi

Dutchez i am 29 yrs old mother of 3 who just 2 wks ago found out i had a abnorma pap smear.. dr told me it was bcause i have the hpv virus.. now i have to get a copo done... im freaked out!! i kno the poss of this is cervical cancer.. so scary! the dr was unable to tell me how long ive had this for. i dont even know how to tell my family or childrens father. i feel soooooooo embarrassed over this.. i dont know how to deal with this.. but im a little relieved that i am not the only woman dealing with this. i hope and pray that when i get that copo done it comes back negative for cancer. does this virus ever go away is there a cure ??? ladies if your going to lay down with a man pleeeeeeeeeeeeease i urge u protect yourself, a moment of pleasure can lead to a lifetime of tears and heart ache... be safe!!!!

Posted Thu December 30, 2010
Kristy Vazquez

I have not had pap since 8 yrs ago...if i to come out positive with it and decide to take my whole uterus out will it go away?

Posted Thu December 23, 2010
Confused :(

Hi everyone:) been married 16 1/2 years and only been with husband. 6 years ago i went for my annual pap and the result came abnormal they did 2 more paps a month apart and all came back abnormal. they ended up doing the freezing procedure 3 times in a period of 2 months after the third time they did a 4th pap and it came back normal.i've been getting my annual pap but then 6 years later i go for my annual pap 3 weeks ago it came back abnormal. i was told by my gyno that i was hpv positive. she did a biopsy from 2 side of my cervix to find out what stage. results come back in 2 weeks. i'm confused caused if me and my husband have only been with eachother for almost 17 years how can i have gotten it. my husband is supported of me and so are our 2 kids. but how could i have gotten it. i still don't understand.

Posted Wed December 22, 2010
Erika

I have hpv and was seening my gyn every 3 month it went away.he said lets wait a year.i have sores between my thigh and one on my stomache. my primary said its probley bacteria .should i wait or ask for a pap now

Posted Mon December 6, 2010
Anonymous

3 years ago i had got a pap smear and it came back saying that i had abnormal cells and my doctor referred me to another doctor.i was so scared to go and find out what was really going on and that was the biggest mistake ive made and i regret it deeply..if i would of went i could of prevented hpv n got the shot..at the end of october this year i finally went to get a pap smear and sure enough it came back hpv positive..im scared to death and feel like i have a time limit on my life now!! i barely turned 18 n feel like my whole life is ruined :[ i feel like when u turn 18 thats when your life is supposed to be the beginning of many accomplishments yet to come :[ my appointment is on monday with the gyno. n im nervous about the future..the research ive looked at talks about all these cancers u can get n it just makes me more paranoid and stress. research shows that some people get head or neck cancer n i feel like something is wrong with my throat!! ive quit smoking and im happy about that but because of hpv i feel like im not normal anymore!! i pray to god that he takes care of me and the rest of us that have this virus!! also im very sad and am hating myself for not taking care of myself better..i wish i would of never had sex..i dont wanna die young :[

Posted Sun November 28, 2010
Hate

I have hpv and i know who i got it from! number one, i was a virgin and i only slept with one guy. that one guy was a whore because i later found out how many woman he's been with. hpv does not affect men and what's even more disturbing is that there is no possible test to find out if they have it! i was std free and ever since that guy, i now live with hpv. what will happen? i don't know, but i do wish there was more info on hpv asap!

Posted Wed November 24, 2010
Anonymous

I just found out from my latest pap smear that i'm positive for hpv. i just had a baby in september, so what what causes hpv?

Posted Tue November 23, 2010
Muki

In my pap there is hpv and 2140 i dont know ...is that hpv please i look for answer?

Posted Fri November 5, 2010
Anonymous

I found out i had hpv 5 yrs ago and had a "leap" procedure done. i havent tested positive since then.. now i am married

Posted Fri October 29, 2010
Anonymous

I just found out i have hpv the bad part is that ive only been with my husband i never had intercourse with any other man in my life...:( that really sucks!

Posted Thu October 21, 2010
Anonymous

Please try not to hold it against someone if they have an std. you don't always know how they got it and they could be a really amazing person. i hope we can all try to remember that. it may be mostly true with hpv, but not all std's are from sexual partners. some were through the parents too, so its not their child's fault. :)

Posted Sun September 12, 2010
Chloe

Remember that having hpv does not mean you have done anything wrong. it is not a reflection on you, your character, or your values.

Posted Sat August 14, 2010
Lakita

Hpv has ruined many lives in both men and women. people need to be more careful about who they have sexual relations with.

Posted Wed August 4, 2010
Rosemary

This is the most helpful hpv site for women i have come across. thank you very much for all the valuable information.

Posted Sun July 25, 2010
Hello

Well girls my pap came out abnormal and yesturday i went back to the doc office. he checked me with a microscope and i ended up no having cervix cancer nor any bad cells but the vph virus is their which could in the future develop the cancer.i was told to just foolow up eith my 6mth pap to be in the safe side. what he did told me is the i could try fighting the virus by having a good immune system, eat healthy,stay active(exercise), keep a healthy weight , have plenty of rest, drink a lot water...by having a good immune system the virus wont be able to attack. i though it was a great new so i started doing all this yesturday.am a mother of two and i cant afford to develp cirvix cancer. i hope this info helps out u guys. good luck!

Posted Wed June 30, 2010
Debbie

I'm 29 years old, but most of the vaccines are recommended for younger women. can they still help me?

Posted Mon June 21, 2010
Cheryl S.

I just recently found out i have hpv, but i've only had protected sex for years. how does this happen?

Posted Fri June 18, 2010
Rhonda

My coworker stan just found out his ex-girlfriend has hpv. should he be worried?

Posted Thu June 17, 2010
Diedra

I feel that hpv virus in women is terrible and don't wish it on anyone. i do agree with javonica that abstinence is the best way to prevent the disease. good luck all...

Posted Wed June 16, 2010
Javonica

Hpv is an epidemic. didn't anyone get taught in school that abstinence is the only full proof way not to catch an std? if you are a young woman who is going to engage in sexual activity despite all the warnings then please at least use some type of protection such as a condom. but even condoms aren't 100% safe. if you don't want to catch hpv then don't fool around and make sure you know your partner is clean.

Posted Wed June 16, 2010
Dientico

Hello every1....i wrote here a few month's ago when i first found out i had hpv. at first i was soo worried i didn't know what to do, i was depressed

Posted Thu June 3, 2010
Mimi

Can something kill the hpv ?

Posted Mon May 24, 2010
Chloe

Unfortunately, std rates soar worldwide!!! use a condom to protect your sex life!!!! a friend who works for a std dating == pozsapces.com ==(whether i spell the site correctly) told me that the new subscribers have increased 200% over 2008. rising std rate sparks online dating sites.

Posted Tue May 18, 2010
Krystel

Use protection. every time. i regret not taking proper measures every single time. it only takes once. ive had this talk with my little sister and pray people can learn from the mistakes of others in this respect.

Posted Mon May 17, 2010
Lidia

Dont have sex!!!! just have oral!

Posted Thu May 13, 2010
Sandy

I had a leep procedure about a week ago. go back to the dr. 2 weeks after procedure. so she can see if the cervix is healing up good. waiting for test results right now. scared to death. so many have said it doesn't go away and the bad cells just keep coming back. they told me to stay healthy. i pray it goes away. my guess is that i have had it almost a year now.

Posted Thu May 13, 2010
Fml

Don't have sex...ever and even if you do use condoms...this disease is a nightmare

Posted Tue May 11, 2010
Jaimie

I've had it for five years now. going strong. doctors say i'm gonna die with it.

Posted Tue May 11, 2010
Mama

I will pray for you all.....god bless you and if you are young........wait to have sex.......it is very overrated until you really are sure you are gonna marry this guy or a guy marrying a gal........hang in there and take care of yourself.

Posted Wed May 5, 2010
Jqmc

I had my pap around feb this year and it went abnormal so i have to take the procedure.. its not that painful so dont be afraid, and i got my hpv vaccine and my husband too, after a week or 2, i got the result, and my doctor said im a precancer, but the thing is im not having my period for 5 mos. i just notice that i bleed after sex which is i thought that is my period, but its not.. i dont know what is the reason why i didnt get preganant.

Posted Tue April 27, 2010
Rin

I am 25 years old. when i was 18 i was diagnosed with pcos and endometriosis. i was finally able to get pregnant and it lasted a total of a week. it is now two weeks later and i just received a call from my doctor saying that i have hpv. what is wrong with me?

Posted Mon April 26, 2010
Rin

I noticed a very tiny bump on my vag about a month ago, i previously had an std test and a pap and the doctor told me i was clean. they said the bump was too underdeveloped to tell if it was something. a month later it got a little bigger and i got it removed (not fun). they tested it and told me today that i have hpv... no idea how to tell my partner.

Posted Mon April 26, 2010
Rin

Don't upset by it. genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus or hpv. genital hpv is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the united states. about 24 million people are currently infected with genital hpv. up to 80% of men and women will become infected at some time in their life. if you are confused at this moment, i recommend a support site for you to meet more friends who suffer it also, you will be encourage greatly: http://www.stdmatching.com. this community is here to help new visitors deal with hpv and genital warts. as many of us with hpv know, it takes some time to come to terms with this virus. please share your story with the community! good luck!.

Posted Mon April 26, 2010
Kat

To christina ..yes you can pass it on

Posted Sat April 24, 2010
Mya

I have hpv as well

Posted Fri April 23, 2010
Liz

Hi i recently got a call from my dr. that told me that i have hpv my concern is that my mother died of cancer.i have to wait 6 month and it will be the longest 6month wait.

Posted Fri April 23, 2010
Melissa

I found out that i had hpv about 2 years ago i've had copo's done and it went back to normal and now i am at a level 2. i'm very nervous and i am going to have my cervix lasered in a few weeks.

Posted Fri April 23, 2010
Larissa

I just found out today dat my sister has hpv and i'm so scared for her, don't even know what stage shes at right now

Posted Tue April 20, 2010
Mya

Just recieved a letter from my doctors office ...letter says my pap was normal but shows the presence of the hpv infection.. i'm soooo scared..my grandma passed away from cervical cancer

Posted Tue April 20, 2010
Sandy

Ok i just got a letter in the mail today from my doctor saying i have hvp. ive never even heard of it until now. according to this article its not too big a deal alot of women get it. my doctor freaked me out when she told me about it. im scared but better now.

Posted Thu April 15, 2010
Melissa

I found out i had hpv last tuesday...im really scared...i have unprotected sex with my boyfriend and im worried hes got it...i got raped 3 years ago and im scared that the jerk gave it to me....i dont know what to do...im still waiting for the test results to find out what stage im in...i feel better finding this website it makes me feel better that im not alone :-)

Posted Tue April 13, 2010
Elizabeth

So i found out today after my bf was checked that i might have hpv i'm so scared but i'm so relieved that my bf is going to stay beside 100% of the way

Posted Sun April 11, 2010
Elizabeth

Hi guys im 17 and i have chlamydia (:

Posted Fri April 9, 2010
Elizabeth

I just found out i have the virus im really scared

Posted Fri April 9, 2010
Lixnk

I was diagnosed with hpv while i was pregnant with my son...it was my first pap in 2 years...it is likely that i contracted it from having more than a few partners and having a cureable std for who knows how long...but due to having hpv i now have severe dysplasia which is pre-cancerous cells on the cervix and without treatment it can cause cervical cancer...if you are sexually active, please get checked for stds regularly...your body is your temple...keep it safe...your health is so important...thank you

Posted Fri April 9, 2010
Anon

I found out i had hpv 2 days ago, i've been given a referral for a gyno but can't afford the appointment. this was my first pap test in 8 years, i wont get my results back until i can find the money for my gyno appointment. i am strugling to find the words to tell my bf as i know what his reaction will be. i've been sleeping on the couch to avoid getting close to him. i am also a smoker and have had 4 deaths in my mums side of the family and my grandmother also gets regular skin cancer. i am terrified. girls please have regular pap tests, if it's caught early you'll be fine. and use a condom unless you've both been tested prior to having intercourse, it's not worth the possible damage!

Posted Thu April 8, 2010
Kaly

A survey from ccd shows that there are more than 550,000 people joined the std dating site positivefishes.com and the number are increasing by hundreds everyday. it's amazing! people have responsibility to protect their lovers from suffering hpv.

Posted Thu April 8, 2010
Chloe

Are you dealing with the complex emotions of dating with hpv? we're here to give you the facts and some advice get your dating life back on track! don't let genital herpes run or ruin your life.

Posted Mon April 5, 2010
Jen

Im 24 and just found out the i have hpv and they told did the bio and told me that it will be a week before i get the results back and everything that im reading is the same thing that i heard yesturday at the dr. im so scared and i have one child, a very handsome 18 month baby boy and im a single mom. but i have a great boyfiend and his family (not my sons dad) who loves us both so much that is going to help me through this all, i just want to be able to have one more child. i lost my mom to cancer and i dont have her to talk too, just wish this was all a bad dream.

Posted Fri April 2, 2010
Clara

I'm 25 and have had hpv for 4 years now. i've had two leeps (removal of part of the cervix) and they haven't been able to get all the precancer cells. to all the young ladies, use condoms, get your yearly check ups and get any procedure your doctor tells you to in a timely manner. get a second opinion of course. hpv can give you cancer. if you have to have part of your cervix removed, it can lead to infertility or a historectomy. a thin cervix has trouble supporting a pregnancy and miscarriages are common. this mostly only happens in women who have had to have multiple leeps. i am the mother of a beautiful 6 year old boy, and it pains me to know that he might be the only biological child i get to have. be careful!

Posted Thu April 1, 2010
Marha Almanza

Okay i just finished coming back from the my doctor and at this appointment i knew i had hpv becuz of the pap i did 2 weeks before...she had to take a close look at my abnormal cell. its jus like a regular pap but painful!!!!! first she uses a ultrason to view the cells and you also can see it becuz its on a screen she show me.she was looking for red vessels or anything else other then the abnormal cells so she didn\'y see any of that. sooo then the painful part comes becuz she has to take a biopsy which means she had to pinch the abnormal cells with a device to send it to the lab after she\"s done with that another painful part comes she had to scrap away the abnormal cells with was the worst part!!!!!! after i had really bad craps!!! so now i have to wait 2 weeks to get the results

Posted Mon March 29, 2010
Stefanie

I'm 19. when i was 18 i was raped, then a month ago i found out that i have hpv and it turned into cervial cancer. it's a very scary thing. my doctor said it got worse because i smoke (which i have quit now) but that doesn't change a thing about it. luckily i have an amazing family and boyfriend who stand behind me 100% through everything. i'll get though it. ladies just keep your heads held high and don't let it make you weak. let it make you a stronger person. good luck everybody!!

Posted Sun March 28, 2010
Jane

Hi gang, i am 33 and just found out yesterday that i have hpv. the doctor told me that it is a virus, with minimal symptoms if any in women. there are no symptoms for men. she said i could have contracted it years ago and not known it. (my paps have always been negative, except for about 10 years ago one was abnormal.) she said the virus can lay dormant in your body for a long time (years), but it can also leave your body. since it is a virus, we don't really know how long it can stay go. i am getting a procedure done next week to check out the abnormal cells, but i recommend going back to the gyno for regular check-ups. this is the only way to really know what is going on in your body. i would not stress about cancer or anything. just get the check-ups and your doctor will help you from there. it can take years for the virus to develop into cancer, but if you get regular check-ups you should be ok. take care everybody. i understand. seriously...

Posted Fri March 26, 2010
Malisa

So today i found out that i have hpv. im so scarred when i looked it up all that came up is cancers! what is it? what does it mean it can clear up by itself??? is there a cure? im 19 years old and engaged, i have unprotected sex with my fiance and am soo scared i gave it to him. what do we do?? i feel like crying!!, but when i read the rest of these comments from you ladies it helps to know im not the only one going through this.

Posted Wed March 24, 2010
Sha

Hi..it's so skary when you find out things about your self when it was a chance bthat you could have prevented it.. but at the same time ii found out that my pap results came back abnormal for hpv.. i kried but only to relieve a little stress.. its still on mi mind.. but iim just ready to take the next step wit finding out how far along the virus mite be.. im only 18 years old, jus graduated from h.s and im now in college to become a m.a.. to im kinda aware for the virus..still totally skard..

Posted Thu March 18, 2010
Kuki

Hi all, my gyn told me today that i have hpv... i'm worried, abviously, but trying to find solace in the fact that it could clear up itself - but in how long??? also, we have lots of questions on this page that go unanswered - shouldn't you all find a medical website where they actually answer your questions intead???

Posted Wed March 17, 2010
Arlene

Had a pap come back with abnormal cells in may 2007 and had biopsy determining low risk hpv. following this i had a pap every 6 months for two years with no abnormal cell development detected. confident i was free of hpv, my exbf and i had unprotected sex and now that we have been splits for 6months he lets me know about a wart he has and needs to be removed! i am sooo nervous this is from me!! now my new bf is concerned about a rash/bumps. i feel like an asshole even though i told both of them my condition. i need my annual and hope my hpv hasnt reoccured.

Posted Mon March 15, 2010
Lala

I am married for 18 years and just found i have hpv. how is it possible? i was only with my husband for 18 years and had before only one boyfriend. slept with him once. is it possible my husband cheated on me? please helppppp!!!!!!!

Posted Thu March 11, 2010
Ari

I am so confused. i just got a call saying they detected some abnormal cells and i need to have a check up in a year. how sis i get it?!?! i have only been with two guys and used condoms that didnt break during sex and oral sex. i did the smart thing so how the hell did this happen?!?!

Posted Thu March 11, 2010
Yvette

Im so confused can u still get the guardasil vaccine if yiu have already tested positive for hpv? why is this std so hard to detect? why isn\'t there a test for men so how do we know who gave it to us if man cant be tested only woman...

Posted Thu March 11, 2010
Ali

No if you have hpv and are pregnant there is noway you can pass that to your baby.

Posted Wed March 10, 2010
Elizabeth

I am 30 yrs old and last year in december i was diagnosed with hpv high risk with a normal pap smear and they told me to return in 6 mos to see if it infact is hpv. i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend whos stds test came back negative and i think he is the one i got it from since there is no test for men. we are not together anymore but i did inform him. the nurse said that most of the time the virus clears up on its own but stays dormant. she gave me some type of relief when she said for me not to worry about it since my results came back normal but i am anxious for that upcoming appnt and the results. that same visit i also had a yeast infection and got a creme for that but i still feel its still there. theres no odor or anything and every now and then feel itchiness and something jsut doesnt feel right now its march and i plan too make an appnt because i read from the symptoms of itchiness are signs of vulvar cancer or maybe i just need a stronger yeast infection treatment?? this is all too scary i wish this virus neve existed! where did it come from??! how does it form??!

Posted Sun March 7, 2010
Dientico

I was just diagnosed with hpv

Posted Sat March 6, 2010
Samantha

Hi i also have hpv i got it from my x husband he dont not know that he had it when i whent to my obgny dr. she told me that i have hpv i was so mad because i did no that my x was the one to give it to me so after she told me i told him about it and he said ya right so i askd him where did you get this from he told me that i was sleeping with other woman and i just startd to cry because why did he to this do me so after he told me this i told him i want a divorce so we did and now its been 3 years now and i still have hpv all my dr. said that i need to be carefull not to give it to someone because the hpv that i have is the one that gives you warts so i dont have em any more think god but i still wont date because of it thank you for telling your story god bless

Posted Fri March 5, 2010
Kolleen

Hi every 1 , i was told i have abnormal cells in august 2008 , it shocked the life out of me, i got a treatment

Posted Fri March 5, 2010
Carla

Last year in august09 my doctor told me that my pap smear came abnormal, did a biopsy and was told that i have hpv. i had a freezing procedure ( which i don\'t recommend) really painfull, it was 2 full minutes of freezing. doctor wanted to see me 3 months later,now my pap smear came back abnormal,precancer cells. my doctor told me that she wanted to see me in 6 months, im not waiting 6 months for this to get worst, im getting a second opinion tomorrow. lets see how it goes. really scared about this.

Posted Thu March 4, 2010
Abby

Been a virgin for almost thirty years! got a boyfriend who i would call my first love. we had uprotected sex a couple of times.(condoms werent working for me) we later broke up and hav never slept with anyone else. then last year around july i was diagnosed with hpv-highrisk. they told me to go back after 6months which i did last week. they just called me to tell me that the virus is still there and i should go back next week so they can test my cells to see if they wld find anything. am scared. this is soo unfair after staying all those years abstaining! am worried that it might affect my ability to have a baby. can it?

Posted Thu March 4, 2010
Tay Va

I had hpv. i found out when i was 18. and i just found out friday that it has cleared up. my pap came back normal. i had been getting pap smears every year to every 6 months. i might go ask another doctor to make sure i dont have it anymore.

Posted Mon March 1, 2010
Natasha

About a year ago when i got my pap they said i had abnormal cells and that i needed to come in for a procedure. the results came back and everything was good. i just went for my next yearly pap and it came back abnormal again and they want me to come in 6 months from now for some testing. i dont feel too worried but i googled hpv( which the lady said they were going to test for) and now im real scared.

Posted Fri February 26, 2010
Kimberly

My name is kimberly i've hpv,precancer cells off and on since i was 21. i'm now 38, and have had about 4 leeps. i have my pap every 3 months,if it's normal, we go to 6 months. then we go to a year. i don't usually make it to 18 months. they want me to have a hysterectomy, but being in the medical fiels at my age i could have bladder problems after that. if your not happy with the doctor you have, or even if you are...always get a second opinion! they told me when i was 21 i would never have children, and i have 2 beautiful, active children who are healthy. goodluck to you all, and remember...get the second opinion!

Posted Mon February 22, 2010
Jessica

Im 10 weeks pregnant and i got my first pap and it came up i have abnormal cells?? i have a great doctor cause they call me right after my tests! but im only 17 years old and my parter and father of my baby gave this to me? is is something really bad? should i be worried about it?

Posted Mon February 22, 2010
Mandy

Im a 19 year old female...last year i had a pap smear done and results came back saying i have abnormal cells, i did a biocopy and nothing concrete came up...and now my latest pap smear results show that i have the hp virus..i want to know where i got it? can i be vaccinated even though i already have it? if i do, will my boy friend keep re-infecting me? how does he get rid of it? what must i do?

Posted Sat February 20, 2010
Justin

Hey ladies well my name is justin and i just got with this one girl and she said she had hpv but what i wanted to ask if i use a condom can i still get the virus by any chance bc i dont want that stuff at all can yall help me by anychance.

Posted Mon February 15, 2010
Beck

I am 20 i have a 5 month.. i have had the hpv virus 4 about 2 years now i get my paps regularly but i have never been scared.. i got a pap when i was pregnant with my son and it came back normal... but it is still a virus so it could come back it does not pass through to your chill though....

Posted Mon February 15, 2010
Alice

I had a baby 6 months ago and i am 19 years old. i went a few weeks ago and had a pap smear. yesterday i got a call sayin that it showed i had some abnormal cells on my cervix now i need to go and have a biopsy done and i am so scared. i had the shot too. i have only had 2 parteners since i had my child and i used condoms everytime. someone give me some advice. im really scared..

Posted Thu February 11, 2010
Kat

A couple of months ago i got my yearly pap done two weeks ago i went to my clinic because i had not received a reponse from my gyn doctor they said she would contact me by phone, so testerday i finally receive a call from gyn doctor she told me my pap smear was abnormal and that the results came back that i have hpv... i could not believe it, i now have to got to another gyn doctor to get a procedure done. i already told my partner but i am nervous about the process and the test, i've been reading a lot about it and i just need some personal advice can someone help me please!!!

Posted Tue February 9, 2010
Sue

I need help

Posted Fri February 5, 2010
Christina

Last year i went in to my gynecologist and they found abnormal cells, i then was sent to another doctor that did a biopsy and a procedure where they put vinegar on the cells. i was told to return in a year for another check up becauset they felt it wasnt severe enough for me to come back in 6 months. in this year i had goten my hpv shot as recommended. now being feb 4, 10 i had my yearly pap smear and meet last week when today i got a call informing me that the abnormal cells came back and that i now have hpv virus....im set up for another biopsy later this month...lets see how it goes. greeeeat.

Posted Thu February 4, 2010


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