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Tuf
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Hi, I'm pretty sure that I do have HPV. And I was wondering, if there's no cure for hpv, and if a woman has it, will she get a cancer later? cause she'll have it all her life? Or will the cancer risk stop if you get treated?
The warts, will they ever show up again if you get treated? Is it possible to get rid of those warts, making them not show up again? From what I hear there's plenty of ppl with HPV, does that mean they will all have em forever? And how is it not cure-able? is it in your blood? if not, won't scientists find a cure for it sooner or later? If the treat wont stop the warts from showing up, will they grow up till it's all over your body? Is there danger touching it with your finger? cause I've touched it with my finger. Please. i'm in big shock about this

And what happens if I don't get treated?
--And is it worser than herpes or better?

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Heather
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If you have NOT YET received a diagnosis from a doctor, don't waste your time panicing.

So, before you do anything else, you need to call and make an appointment and get checked out.

Besides the information on the article I already linked you to, in short:

- Actually, the strain that produces genital warts is rarely the strain which creates cervical cancer risks, based on current information. But treating warts doesn't remove risks or effects of HPV.

- After treatment, warts may show up again, they may not.

- In terms of everyone with HPV, at the current time, it ios believed that many people shed the virus after a year or two. But right now, there is no accurate way or proving or being sure of who has or has not shed it, so until that exists, it is safe to assume that if diagnosed with HPV, you should behave as if you have it actively, in terms of safer sex and sexual healthcare. If you had Chlamydia, it's safe to assume you weren't practicing sex safely, so it's time to hop to that, HPV or no (and that includes oral sex).

- Many infections and diseases are treatable, but currently not curable. That's not all that unusual. An infection is in the bloodstream, yes, as well as in the cells within the genitals with something like HPV.

- Genital warts are called that for a reason. They appear only on the genitals. There's no danger in touching the warts, but it's best to leave them alone, as poking or picking can cause them to spread further on your genitals.

If you don't get diagnosed and treated? Well for one, you make me wonder why the heck I took the time to help you get this info and start to learn how to take care of yourself sexually. But for you personally? Any body infection should be treated, or it can spread, and make it a whole lot easier for you to get other illnesses, including, but not limited to, STDs and STIs. With warts, you don't treat them, you also can end up with a penis literally coated in them, to the point that treatment may be incredibly difficult and painful, if not impossible at a certain point. And not treating something highly contagious is just really irresponsible, unless you're about to be celibate for the rest of your life.

There's no "worse" or "better" with STDs and STIs. But in many ways, herpes and HPV are very similar.

But for now, make an appointment. if you are diagnosed and have more questions, we can answer them then.


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