Please help me to help my friend?

by Rachel on April 18, 2011

what is Human Papilloma Virus?
the doctor just called my friend and told her but she does not have to worry herself sick about it it happent to %80 of people.If its not treated it could lead to cancer in the near future.She does not understand where it comes from as she only be sexual active with one person(husband)
How can i explaing it to her ?
Please help
she is going to take some test on monday
She also think she is pregnant
thanks so much for all the advise

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BH April 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Her doctor can explain it to her best…or she can look up info on HPV online on various medical info websites (such as WebMD). She needs facts, not opinion, supposition, or misinformation that can come from posting in a public forum of non-experts.

Zelda April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

HPV is common, but only 20% of it can cause cancer. Now they are making vaccines, which can prevent people from getting it. My guess is that she got it from her husband who was NOT a virgin when they married. I’m glad she and her doctor are on top of it.

jaimestar64cross April 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

check this out :

You said she has only had one partner – her husband — is he or has he ever been involved in risky sexual behavior?

Beca <3 April 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm
erin7 April 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

There are more than 100 types of HPV. Most of them are relatively harmless, like the ones that cause common warts found on hands and feet. For most people, the body’s own defense system will clear the virus.
About 30 types of HPV affect the genital area:
“High-risk” types (such as HPV Types 16 and 18) can cause cervical cancer or abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix that sometimes turn into cancer.
“Low-risk” types (such as HPV Types 6 and 11) can cause genital warts and benign (abnormal, but noncancerous) changes in the cervix.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a lot more common than most people might think. Take a look at some of the numbers:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 20 million Americans have genital HPV.

The CDC also estimates that at least 50% of sexually active people will get HPV during their lifetime.

In 2000, approximately 9.2 million young adults, 15 to 24 years of age, had genital HPV.

Of the more than 6 million new cases of genital HPV diagnosed each year in the United States, an estimated 74% of them occur in 15- to 24-year-olds.
Women and men who have any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact with someone with HPV can get it. That means it’s possible to get genital HPV without having intercourse. And, because many people who have the virus may not show any signs or symptoms, they can transmit the virus without even knowing it.

HPV is easily transmitted, so any exposure puts you at risk. In fact, it is estimated that many people get HPV within their first 2 to 3 years of becoming sexually active.

rltouhe April 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

If she is in the early stages they can treat it but if she has had it for a while then she will more than likely have cancer and she will have to go through the process of treatment for cancer.
She has only been sexually active with one person but has her husband?
Find some websites dealing with this issue and she will be more informed.
Most of all, be there for her. A friend is one who listens. They cry with you. They comfort you. Just be there.

viper3ez April 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

it almost occur naturally as ther are some beneficial viruses. its in women and it causes cervical cancer i think. its not an std i think although almost everything can be transmitted through sex.

thats why women are advised to get the test called pap smear.

she needs to go back to the doctor for a better explanation.

Susan R April 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

It can come from a number of different things. It is a virus, and yes it can cause cancer if she doesn’t get it taken care of. The surgery isn’t bad, i’ve had it done before

Mother Bear April 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

First of all, tell them to follow these steps:

Step 1: Relax.

Step 2: Realize that a lot, and we’re talking the majority, of people out there will get this and it’s not the end of the world.

Step 3: Do some research on the virus. Read the information on the website I listed below and read anything else you can get your hands on. Knowledge is power, and power takes away fear.

Around 80% of the sexually active population will come into contact with HPV at some point in their lives, and most do not develop cancer because the virus either does not cause symptoms at all, or the symptoms that do develop are caught early and treated before they have a chance to progress. “

Dee Dee April 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

It can lead to cervical cancer. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer 11/98 showing HPV affected cells. They performed cryosurgery, and all tests have remained normal since. There is a website with more information Best of luck and my thoughts are with both of you.

crazylittlewriterchick April 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I found these websites that might help –

One interesting fact that I found on the second one is that only about 30 of the over 100 types of HPV are actually sexually transmitted. So it isn’t that odd that she got it without being unfaithful.

You could also try just typing “human papillomavirus” or “hpv” into a search engine and researching it on your own. You might be able to find something.

MissSmartt April 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I found out that I had HPV a couple months ago, after a few un-normal pap smears. I have only been sexually active with 2 people, One my high school sweetheart in which were both eachother first and now my fiance. I recieved HPV from my fiance, He probably recieved it from one of the girls he used to sleep with, before I came along. Anyways the doctor said it’s fine, I had a few bad cells, which could be cancerous if I stopped getting my yearly pap smears in about 5-10 years. But, since I do get checked every year I will be able to manage and see the progress. At first I was scared but it is a small std, and 80% of women have it and don’t even know it. My doctor said there is no treatment but she said it would go away in a years or so, since I will be having the same sexual partner for the rest of my life, that was like 9 months ago, and when I went to see my doctor 2 weeks ago, she saw a lot of improvement. email me

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