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Member # 1828
posted 02-16-2001 11:17 AM
I was recently diagnosed with hpv. i am very scared and am quite shocked. my boyfriend has it to but it was undetected, so he didnt know he had it when he gave it to me. i am scared and feel iam a failure. iam very depressed over this. i dont know what to do, i cannot tell family. Where can i get confidential treatment??Also, is a cure being found?? please respond, iam very sad
Member # 3
posted 02-16-2001 11:26 AM
Chin up, okay? HPV is incredibly common. It happens.
If you were diagnosed with HPV, you should be able to get any warts treated at the same place you were diagnosed, and aside of informing your parents, any doctor care in this country IS confidential. Aside of removing visible warts, there isn't any other treatment. There also is not a cure, and until there isn't, HPV will remain in your body and can be contagious.
So, if you were never vigilant about safer sex before, now is a very good time to start. Use condoms and dental damns (or saran wrap) for vaginal, anal and oral sex from here on in. While these things don't offer complete protection against transmitting or re-infection, they do offer a great deal of it.
And now that you have HPV, it is VERY important that you find a good clinic or gynecologist you can see every year for an exam -- because HPV can become cervical cancer, getting a yearly PAP smear is of great importance.
If it's any comfort, I had once incident of HPV in 1989. I have never gotten a single wart again, and HPVt has yet to reappear in tests or cause any health complications for me or any of my partners, though I always HAVE practiced safer sex, which again, is important.
We have a full file on HPV you can look at here so that you have the information you need:
Heather Corinna Editor and Founder, Scarleteen "If you're a bird, be an early early bird --
But if you're a worm, sleep late." - Shel Silverstein
Member # 2050
posted 02-17-2001 03:45 AM
Oh sweetie, you nearly scared the hell out of me.
Listen to everything Miz S said.
First things first, you and your bf should get yourself to a good clinic or gynae and get yourself checked out.
And from now on, condoms will be your best friend. You shall use Mr Condom every time there is any sexual activity going on. Oral, Manual, Dry sex, penis-in-vagina intercourse. And of course, dental dams if he is performing oral sex on you.
DOn't freak out hon. And you are not a failure. Just remember your best friend from now on. Who is He? Mr Condom. And oh yes, Miz Lube will come in handy too.
Member # 1896
posted 02-17-2001 04:45 AM
Oh, and your third best friend will be Dr.Pap Smear. Don't worry about those, they are not even half as bad as everyone says. After the first one, it's all easy. I promise.
Maybe you want to ask your health care provider about the different HPV tests (I had one done inside my cervix, just to make sure) and about Paps. You'll need them regularly from now on.
And don't feel like you failed...HPV is very common, and if you keep getting yourself checked, and keep performing Safer Sex, there is nothing to be depressed about.
Keep your head up, girly.
Just a regular lunatic. Go inside Alaska's head...
Member # 1828
posted 02-20-2001 11:21 AM
Thanks for all the information. i heard i have the kind that causes just mild dysplastia. and what is a cycloscopy?? does it hurt. my doc says tell will remove any abnormal cells that appear each year. When they remove the tissue for a biopsy, does it hurt?? also my doc says it is extremely uncommon to develop cervical cancer if you have mild dysphastia.so i am trying to be more happy and thank god i didnt get anything worse , my boyfriend is being very supportive of me. thanks to all of you for the support.
Member # 2050
posted 02-20-2001 11:50 AM
Knm Hon, you have posted this in Ask A Sexpert and your question has been answered.
When you agreed to the guidelines before joining the boards, you agreed not to double-post.
So in the future, just post in the forum most suitable for your question. You will get an answer, I promise.
Member # 100
posted 02-20-2001 11:51 AM
Please don't double-post. We just answered this question in "Ask A Sexpert."
Hanne Blank Co-Editor, Scarleteen
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