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HPV high risk can cause cervical cancer

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carla72
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I was diagnosed with cervical HPV high risk strain last year – after more than 5 years of normal Pap tests.

My gynecologist, started using the HPV test with the Pap in 2010. When I went in for my visit – like I do every year – he explained that he would be giving me both tests. I didn’t think much about it at the time, other than why would I have HPV since I’ve been married for so long?! When the results came back, I had tested positive for HPV and my Pap was abnormal.

Dr. explained that HPV can stay "dormant" in your body for a long time without causing any problems, and that the results weren’t necessarily anything to be concerned about. He also asked me to come back several months later for another round of tests.

The results of my second Pap and HPV test were the same – HPV positive with abnormal Pap. Since my results didn’t change – meaning I had a persistent high-risk type of HPV in my body – my doctor did a colposcopy, which found abnormal cells that had to be biopsied.

When Dr called with the results of the biopsy, he told me I had cervical HPV which lead to cervical cancer I was shocked and extremely upset! I really thought it was the end of the world. But, it was caught very early thanks to the HPV test. I started  treatment with Cervugid Ovules recommended my obgyn, This treatment is with 3 boxes of Cervugid Ovules first time and another 3 boxes after 6 months. After I followed all the treatment I returned to the doctor to replenish medical test. It was the best day of my life then the result came back negative for HPV and the PAP test came back to normal.

I am so grateful to Dr for adopting the HPV test into his practice. Without it and the treatment I’m not sure if I’d be here today. But I am – and I hope that by sharing my story all women over 30 will go to their annual gynecologist visit and ask their doctors for the HPV test, because knowing your cervical cancer risk could save your life.

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nonichol
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Joined: Jul 2010

Thanks for sharing your story. I had cervix lasered in 97. Late stage 3 anal cancer in 2010. And lady week cervix lasered again last week. HPV apparently just hangs around and waits. it is taboo for the most part, but so many affected. So thanks again.

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NoTimeForCancer
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Joined: Mar 2013

nonichol, you are right about it hanging around. There are lots of people who don't even know they have it.  Sadly, it is taboo and that is just crap.  I saw a TV show once where a male doctor stated that cervical cancer is spread by sex and I nearly crawled through the set to smack him.  The HPV vaccine is for both boys AND girls.

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