HPV and Herpes Related?

by Rachel on May 5, 2011

does anyone know if you have to have a colpscopy done if it may just be that you have cancer or if it most likely means you have HPV (human papilloma virus) and if it is HPV is it related to herpes or does it mean you have herpes?

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LovingLife May 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

No, you do not have herpes. HPV does cause cervical cancer in women though.

Kanga_tush2 May 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

They are completely different diseases, and HPV has hundreds of strains, only 14 of which cause cervical cancer so that is why they do a colcoscopy to determine which strain it is.

Flowergirrl May 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Colposcopy is a microscopic examination of the cervix used to diagnose potential abnormalities of the cervix (opening to the uterus) and vagina. It is usually recommended following an abnormal Pap smear test and to select the best area for a biopsy if needed.

HPV is genital warts. These are often undetectable microscopic warts that are sometimes hidden inside you in the bumps up there. I have had this procedure personally and it was no big deal. Now if you have had painful sores on the outside of your vagina just like a cold sore that IS herpes most likely. If you had a pimple like sore it could be either an ingrown hair or it could be syphilis. You could have all three at the same time, but most likely you just have HPV. They aren’t related to each other except that they are different STD’s. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, but it is the most common. I have read statistics to the effect that 80% of women have this by the time they are 50. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer so you have to follow up on this.

If you catch this early you can have an easy procedure that freezes off the warts before you get cancer. I had that too. Make sure you talk to the doctor about any kind of abnormal feelings or symptoms down there and get tested for all the other STD’s.

A colposcopy cannot tell you which strain of HPV you have. That is a special test called a “Pap with DNA” which may be performed on any tissue collected during this exam. Also, someone shouldn’t tell you you don’t have herpes unless they know for darn sure because you could have both if you have had genital pain.

Also if you gave oral sex to the guy who gave you genital warts they could be in your mouth too.

princessinpink May 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

HPV is not herpes at all, it is the Human Papilloma Virus wich causes cervical cancer. HSV is the herpes simplex virus.

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