Let’s talk about HPV. I’d love to share with you some vital information that I came up with during my research. My doctor told me that I have HPV 66; hence, I thought sharing my experience with you may help you understand, especially in the same situation. Most couples and young adults (women like me) are not aware of this. Talks about the vagina, sexual diseases are considered taboo and must not speak to the public. But let’s discuss and learn about it. It’s a must! Learning about your body is something you should be proud of. One of the best investments of a woman is her health.
FAQs About HPV
What is HPV?
HPV is short for Human Papillomavirus. It’s a sexually transmitted infection that may go off by itself or lead to severe disease. There are 49 Geno-types divided into two groups (1) High-Risk HPV and (2) Low-Risk HPV. HPV numbers 16 & 18 carry a risk of becoming cancerous; hence needs critical attention. HPV is almost the cause of genital warts and cervical cancer or Cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix).
What are the signs and indications of HPV?
For most of the type, there are no signs, but typical is genital warts. You will feel something different in your body within three months or more. If you felt any lumps in your genital and or it starts growing and becoming red, then there’s a possibility that you have HPV. It may include the vagina, penis, or anus.
There are times that the virus may lead to an unusual fluid (discharge) from the vagina or an itchy vulva, or even pro-longed menstrual discharge. In my case, I experienced prolonged periods and inflammation of the cervix.
Can a man acquire of HPV?
Yes, men can acquire HPV since it is an STD. You can get HPV through genital contact (having sex) during vaginal or anal sex. So, it would be best if you had a protected-sex.
Useful Reads: 5 Best Ways of Safe Sex
Can HPV kill you?
It may or may not. It depends. If you will not take care of yourself and let the virus manifest in your body, it can end your life due to severe illnesses like cancer. Most people do not realize they carry HPV only when they had to do a test. High-Risk HPV can lead you to a deadly illness such as cancer. In comparison, Low-Risk HPV can give you warts which is removable by laser treatment or surgical procedures.
Did my husband give me HPV, did he cheat?
It was also a big question in my head, although I intuitively feel that it is more of a DNA since my mother had a hormonal imbalance. Based on my readings, HPV does not automatically mean that infidelity has taken place. Research approves that a healthy immune system can clear HPV in 12 to 24 months from the time of transmission.
HPV persistence can occur for up to 10 to 15 years; so, it is possible for a partner to have contracted HPV from a previous partner and transmit it to a current partner. It’s also possible the patient’s partner recently cheated on her; research confirms both possibilities.
How to cure HPV?
There is no cure for HPV; once you acquire it, it is there in your system. Luckily, there are tests and or including treatments to control the abnormalities of your cells.
- Colposcopy & Biopsy – this is a procedure that can take place in doctor’s clinic, they will look closely at the cervix to see precancerous cells and will perform punch biopsy to know if it’s cancerous or whatnot.
- Cryotherapy – a treatment to freeze and remove precancerous cells from the cervix.
- LEEP. or Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure – which is a treatment to remove precancerous cells from the cervix with an electrical current.
I hope I was able to shed light on HPV. It would be best to speak with your doctor about it, especially when you feel something different physically.
Don’t be embarrassed to ask further questions and discuss whatever physical changes you notice in your body. It is also best for you to undergo a pap test twice or once a year to check your vaginal status, especially if you are sexually active. Stay safe, and best wishes!
References: Wiley Online Library, Planned Parenthood
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