I was Diagnosed with high risk HPV 4 months ago and I have been depressed since then.
I am over 40 and I just did the pap and HPV test again two weeks ago.
First I found that clinics and some OB Gyn are very ignorant about HPV. I had to INSIST to do the test again and actually fight with staff and labs to make that happen. Since my pap was normal they did not want to do the HPV!
This time my HPV came out "not detected".
I had no sex other than with clean hands since I found out I had the high risk HPV. I have been in a monogamous relationship for 2 years. In the meanwhile I managed to get married with my man and have not consummated the marriage (other than with hands-if you know what I mean).
I am so paranoid and scared. Am I cured?
Can I have sex now?
Sex becomes so unimportant when compared to the risk of dying of cervical cancer. I know I am taking it to the extreme, but maybe abstaining from sex cleared my HPV, so it was worth it.
Since we are supposedly both infected and the risk of ping-ponging back and forth is LOW (not inexistent), does it mean that if I have sex with MY HUSBAND now he will re-infect me?
Do I have immunity now?
Will the HPV keep coming back, because it's something I'll have for life ?
I read the board, I spoke to doctors, everybody says something different, so I think I am an expert by now. Let me prove it:
*Congrats! I cleared the virus. It is still in me though so it could come back anytime. Don't be all that happy, but don't stress either. If it comes back, chances are 90% that you'll clear it again.
*I am in a monogamous relationship with someone who is supposedly infected as well. The risk of re-transmission is LOW (not NULL).
*We don't really know much, so if I feel more comfortable, use a condom--- oh by the way, I should also invent a condom that covers the balls because they can transmit the HPV (we always forget to tell you that-darn).
* Don't do unprotected oral sex if you are uncomfortable because it could also re-infect you.
*it's all about your comfort level. Chances are low right now that you'll die of cervical cancer in the next year, so go ahead, enjoy life, smoke a cigar, we don't really know much anyway but we do know that you'll die of worry if you keep going this way!
Did I get it right? If so Fredo can offer me a job now. Let me know please.