Please someone who knows about HPV or cervical warts>?

by Rachel on July 30, 2011

i just got diagnosed yesterday with hpv and cervical warts. How do you get this and how does it spread?can cervical cancer kill you? please anything you know?

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jon j July 30, 2011 at 6:05 am

You get it from touching an infected area on someone else or even by sharing clothes or towels. It spreads by physical contact. Cervical cancer can kill you, however, you were probably diagnosed after a bad pap smear. This means that there are some abnormal cells that might eventually turn into cancer if they aren’t treated. Since you already know you have it, your OBGYN will keep an eye on it and treat it so it doesn’t turn into cancer.

There are many strains of HPV. Types 6 and 11 are common low risk types. There are many medium risk types, and types 16 and 18 are high risk.

There are many forums and websites dedicated to educating people about HPV. One of the largest hpv forums is hpvsupport.com.

HPV is very common. Some studies suggest that 80% of women will get it at some point in their lives. It is possible that after several years, your body will be clear of physical signs of it, however, you technically have the virus forever.

JBT July 30, 2011 at 6:48 am

I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

There are about 30 varieties of HPV. HPV spreads through a process called shedding. Skin-to-skin contact causes dead skin cells to slough off of a person with the virus; if there is a break in your skin, the virus can get in and begin to make copies of itself, so that you’re now infected.

Because it’s spread by skin-to-skin contact, a condom will not prevent the virus from spreading.

Since this is a virus, there is no medical cure. In most cases, HPV is with you for life, though there are some strains that apparently can be fought off by the body.

You’re right to worry about cervical cancer, because HPV is a direct cause of about 90% of cervical cancer cases. Cervical cancer kills about 4,000 women each year in the U.S.

But relax. Now that you know, you understand why it’s important to have a regular pelvic exam and a pap smear done. Put these on your calendar, and don’t miss them. Have them annually, unless your doctor recommends otherwise.

Caught early, cervical cancer is very treatable. There will be noticable changes in the cervix before the cells become cancerous. The danger of cervical cancer is when women don’t get regular exams, and the cancer develops without them knowing.

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