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    Just tested positive for HPV, got questions
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    An_243116 posted:
    How long can a person have HPV without symptoms? I went in for a routine pap smear and they went ahead and tested me for HPV since I've never been tested before. I got a call today, it came back positive. They told me since I have never been tested before we have no idea when I contracted it. I was sexually active in college but I've had only one sexual partner for over 12 years, can it sit, undetected, with no symptoms for 12 years?
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    betsyo1967 responded:
    did you have an abnormal pap or just a hpv test?

    was it low risk or high risk hpv?

    can hpv persist for 12 years? Indeed it can. It's the longer persisting hpv infections that are the long term issue.
    Talking about std testing is NORMAL and something we all should be doing EVERY TIME before we have sex with a new partner :)
     
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    emiller1977 replied to betsyo1967's response:
    Normal/negative pap, positive HPV test. I'm assuming low-risk because my doctor told me to come in for my annual exam in a year and just watch for genital warts. I'm going to call back today to ask a few more questions and clarify.
     
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    betsyo1967 replied to emiller1977's response:
    since you've had a normal pap, following up yearly really is all you can do. It's not an issue unless it's been persisting long enough to cause cervical cell changes that get picked up on your pap test.

    keep asking questions
    Talking about std testing is NORMAL and something we all should be doing EVERY TIME before we have sex with a new partner :)
     
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    emiller1977 replied to betsyo1967's response:
    I called my doctor and asked more questions and I actually have high-risk HPV. Since my pap was normal though they told me just to stay on top of my annual exams and keep my immune system strong (i.e. take my daily vitamin). They said I could come in every 6 months but that was up to me. I think I'll call my insurance to see if they will cover 6 months paps since I tested positive for high-risk but if not I will just stay on top of the annuals.

    Thanks for all your input!


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