How long can you have HPV before it shows up on a pap?

by Rachel on May 18, 2011

Can you have it from birth and not know til your 20? Can the doctor’s tell how long you’ve had it?…

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zenoma May 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I’d really need more information. It is possible to have it- not really from birth- but to contract it at birth. HPV sometimes causes gential warts, so with children 2 yrs and younger, it is many times determined that it was contrated at birth if the mom has HPV. There are so many different types of HPV!

The only way to know for sure if you have it is to be specifically tested for it. It doesn’t always cause a problem (like abnormal pap smear, or warts).

If you are 20 and you just had an abnormal pap or you have developed warts…they can’t really say you’ve had it since birth unless you have not been sexually active at all. Otherwise, no, they can’t tell how long youve had it. 80% of the population carries HPV, many don’t know it.

I hope this helps. Post with more info if you have more questions.

sarita a May 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

if ur not sure if u have it or not there is a possible chance that u dont there was test that they would have done when u were born if ur mother had it and 9 times outta 10 the babies who are born natural not by c section happen to die after they are born from this so u should be ok but in most parts from what my doc said it can take up to 7 years to show on a pap well good luck and i wish for the best for u

Cat May 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

A abnormal pap smear does not necessarily mean that you have HPV. Further testing needs to be done. You can have HPV for years before it shows any signs, and thus there is no way of knowing how long you’ve had it. There is also a very low risk of HPV being passed from mother to child during birth. Also, in the case of high risk HPV which does not cause genital warts, there is no way in knowing for sure whether or not a male has HPV, so you could have gotten it from a sexual partner without either of you knowing.

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