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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:47 pm 

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My doctor said my pap smear showed I am HPV positive but my pap smear was normal. As far as I can understand from what I have read is that this means I am more likely to have the low risk type. Is the low risk type more likely to include warts? If I don't have warts now should I be looking for them?

My husband just got laid off and I don't have insurance. My doctor said I should follow up with an ob/gyn but I am waiting to get insurance. Is there anything I should be doing differently in the meantime???


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:32 am 

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Cam,
You should call your doctor's office and find out if your HPV test resulted in a diagnosis of high-risk HPV or low-risk HPV. The test will tell you which. High-risk is the type that causes abnormal pap results and possibly eventually cervical cancer. Low-risk is what causes warts, but no cervical cancer.

However, it is very possible to have high-risk HPV and still have a normal pap as the virus just hasn't effected the cells yet to the point of reading as abnormal on the pap test.

Please call your doctor and let us know what you find out!


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