I apologize for flying off the handle initially. Sorry.
That's awesome that you're educating yourself! After my last breakdown dealing with this, my best friend started to look it up herself. Trying to find ways to reassure me, and educate herself in the process. Even some of the ladies I work with have become more aware of it due to my diagnoses. I just wish I knew more about it prior. I remember sex ed in high school. The genital warts picture stood out in my mind due to how it looked. Plus, they show you those extreme pictures like you find online. Anyway, never during that time did I ever remember them mentioning HPV. Even after high school, I don't remember hearing about it. I think they need to be more clear on what warts can look like (it can be so varied). All I was ever looking for was those horrible things they flashed up on the screen. lol! Then the whole thing with some types possibly causing cervical cancer! Don't remember that, either in sex ed.
The most popular one that's ever been discussed media wise is HIV, of course. Never heard of much else. It wasn't until I started seeing the commercials for the vaccine that I even first heard the words. Not too long after that, I was diagnosed. I had remembered those commercials. It was actually a surreal moment for me. For my mom, too, as she brought up those very commercials as well.
I'm even pushing her to go get her pap now. I just found out the other day it's been a good three years since she last had one.
She's finally going to the dr tomorrow (for her blood pressure). I told her she better be sure she mentions to them about getting a pap done asap! If my experience can help out even one of my friends and/or family member, I'll be happy.
I'm sure you've already seen it, but if you haven't, I like this site's section on it. Lots of good info: http://www.ashastd.org/hpv/hpv_learn.cfm
I don't want to fight either. I realize that I have no place to judge you, since I have not walked in your shoes. I have never had an irregular pap, and my GYN has never mentioned HPV. I came to this board because I have had several friends who have recently been treated for dysplasia, and one with cervical cancer. A few of my friends were treated for warts in college, and as far as I know they never had any reoccurances in the past 10 years. I remembering them feeling really "dirty" when it happened, but I see that it's a pretty common thing.
I came to this board to learn more about HPV since it seems to be something that a lot of my friends are dealing with. After reading all the info/posts, I can only assume that I prob have/had it too at some point too. (even though it has never showed up).