How come HPV is gone so early after second pap smear?

by Rachel on May 4, 2010

My wife had a Pap test in late 2008, resulting in low grade form of HPV (my fault). Five months later, she took another Pap smear and the results were negative for HPV. I thought that it takes more time to fight for the body, if possible. Does that make sense, or is it a mistake somewhere? Well, thank you God, she is five months pregnant.

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Jessica M May 5, 2010 at 12:03 am

I have never heard of this happening. Sorry! Maybe the 2 of you have been blessed?

Guru May 5, 2010 at 12:18 am

She probably had HPV before 2008, but it hadnt affected the cervix at that stage, and then cleared later

niecy May 5, 2010 at 1:03 am

maybe she had it longer than she thought when she got tested the first time. just thank god its gone

tarnishedsilverheart May 5, 2010 at 1:55 am

Yes, that makes perfect sense….by the time abnormal cell changes are seen on a pap smear we have had the virus for several months and in some cases a pap can miss abnormal cells (the cells taken of the cervix is only a sample)….her infection was of a Low grade (LGSIL) her body built the natural immunity needed so her next pap didn’t see any abnormal cells…and the virus was in a very low viral load…her HPV test was negative….our follow-ups can be at 3 months or 6 months…and many, many times about 90% of the LGSIL infections are clear. This does not mean that she no longer carries the virus…

Congratulation on her pregnancy…but understand that sometime HPV will reoccur during pregnancy due to the hormone changes and her lower immunity…again most often Low-grade cervical changes will regress.

Do not beat yourself up because you carried the virus…most people that have had more than one sex partner do…enjoy her pregnancy and enjoy that baby!!!

Personal experience…I am a mother ;) and have had high grade vaginal cuff and vulva lesions…have been positive and negative…

biscuit May 5, 2010 at 2:14 am

i tested positive for high-risk HPV once, and it was clear by my next Pap at 6 months.
congratulations on the pregnancy!!

Lily L May 5, 2010 at 2:54 am

Contrary to what you may think . . . the average time to clear the body of HPV isn’t long at all!! The average clearance time for cervical HPV is about 8 months. Within 2 years, over 90% of HPV cases will be resolved.

Most people who’ve had an HPV infection simply never know they had one!

Good luck and congrats on the pregnancy!

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