What does it mean hpv DNA positive please help I’m scare!!? ?

by Rachel on April 11, 2011

Today I receive a letter that says this your recent pap smear showed a mild abnormality. Your Human Papilloma Virus test result is positive this is not uncommon in young women under 21 most women will clear the abnormal pap and hpv without treatmeant. Now what should I do I’m scare can I still have sex, o I’m gonna infect my boyfriend or he is already infected please help me understand the letter. I’m 18

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robind April 11, 2011 at 2:31 am

some one infected you,if you have had more than one guy it could be any one of them,you can still have sex and no you can not pass it to your boy friend,hpv means that you are now in danger of having cervicale cancer.They will have to watch it yearly and will let you know if you need to do more.Good luck!

tarnishedsilverheart April 11, 2011 at 2:59 am

DNA Positive means that the cervical sampling your doctor took of your Pap (the sample is your DNA) shows mild abnormal cervical cell changes. The DNA screening showed positive for high risk HPV types. The HPV test is a DNA screening. More on the HPV DNA test is at http://www.thehpvtest.com
Yes 80 to 90% of you women will clear the infection in a year or so. Did you doctor ask you to return in six months or a year?
Yes you and your partner can still have sex. It would be a good idea for your partner to be checked to see if he does have any small flat warts. Most of the time men will not show any symptoms of the virus. At this time there is no FDA DNA approved test for the male. Most men are diagnosed with visible genital warts…..even since he most likely shares your HPV type there is no treatment for men without visible lesion. It is not know how long it will take for your body to build immunity to your shared HPV types, some article do show that the condom use can help in the regression of the virus condom use also has show to help in adding healing of the cervix. Long term condom use has not shown to help in the reoccurrence but getting two clear paps is a good idea.
If you have had sex with your boyfriend before the Pap or since the Pap then he already carries your HPV type. He may have been the person that shared his HPV type with your or anyone that you had sex with could have shared his virus with you and it is just now showing as abnormal cell changes.
For now do the little things that can help your body fight the virus…eat a balanced diet 5 to 7 servings of fruit and veggies are important http://www.mypyramid.gov/…foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and spinach seem to help the most…. get good sleep our body’s cells heal in stage four sleep, reduce stress, exercise, limit alcohol, if you smoke stop, a multivitamin may help because some days we just can’t do all the right things….and use condoms.
A Pap test is used to detect abnormal cells in the cervix. It involves the collection of cells from the cervix for examination under the microscope. Various terms have been used to describe the abnormal cells that may be seen in Pap tests.

Learning more about the virus also helps…knowledge is power…I wish you well.

Personal experience high risk HPV types of the vaginal cuff VaIN 2/3 and the vulva VAIN 2 CIS

The major system used to report the results of Pap tests in the United States is the Bethesda System. In this system, samples with cell abnormalities are divided into the following categories:
• ASC—Atypical Squamous Cells. Squamous cells are the thin, flat cells that form the
surface of the cervix. The Bethesda System divides this category into two groups:
1. ASC–US—Atypical Squamous Cells of Undetermined Significance. The squamous cells do not appear completely normal, but doctors are uncertain what the cell changes mean. Sometimes the changes are related to HPV infection. An HPV test may be done to clarify the findings.
LSIL—Low-grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion. Low-grade means there are early changes in the size and shape of the cells. The word lesion refers to an area of abnormal tissue. LSILs are considered mild abnormalities caused by HPV infection and are a common condition, especially among young women. The majority of LSILs return to normal over months to a few years.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/HPV
Approximately 70% of women
with HPV infections become
HPV DNA negative within
one year, and as many as
91% of them become HPV
DNA negative within two
years.10, 16, 21, 22 The medianduration of new infections is
typically eight months.10
HPV 16 infections tend to persist
longer than infection with other
HPV types, but most HPV 16
infections become undetectable
within two years.10
The gradual development of
an effective immune response
is thought to be the likely
mechanism for HPV DNA
clearance.4 However, it is also
possible that the virus remains in
a non-detectable dormant state
and then reactivates many years
later. This may explain why HPV
may be newly detected in someolder women who have been in a
long-term mutually monogamous
relationship.1
Many women with transient HPV
infections may develop atypical
squamous cells of undetermined
significance (ASC-US) or lowgrade
squamous intraepithelial
lesions (LSIL), as detected
on a Pap test. These are mild
cytologic abnormalities that
represent the cytopathic effect
caused by HPV infection, and
they may spontaneously regress.
Only about 10% of women
infected with HPV develop
persistent HPV infections.23
Women with persistent high-risk
HPV infection are at greatest
risk for developing high-grade
cervical cancer precursors and
cancer. The risk of developing
moderate to severe dysplasia,
or grades 2 or 3 cervical
intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN
2, 3) lesions, for women with
persistent high-risk HPV infection
is not well defined. However,

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