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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:52 am 

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I know these questions probably don't have answers, but I need to ask them anyway.

Since I've had a persistent HPV infection, if I pass it to someone else, are they more likely to have a persistent infection because this strain is difficult to clear?

Given that I have a persistent infection, what are the chances I'll eventually develop cancer from this?

I have a young daughter and I'm worried about transmitting it to her. Can I do that by kissing her?


HPV sucks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:08 am 
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Since I've had a persistent HPV infection, if I pass it to someone else, are they more likely to have a persistent infection because this strain is difficult to clear?

While type can be relevant, clearance has more to do with your own factors (age, genetics, environment, diet, etc.).

Given that I have a persistent infection, what are the chances I'll eventually develop cancer from this?

Low in almost all cases. Women with persistent HPV infections usually don't even develop significant precancers, much less invasive disease. The key to prevention is keeping up with your follow-up exams and Pap tests, which you seem to be doing.

I have a young daughter and I'm worried about transmitting it to her. Can I do that by kissing her?

Don't worry about that. If you had an oral HPV infection and deep-kissed someone you might have some risk of transmission etc etc. Don't worry about giving your little girl a peck!

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