Hi detante,Is it worth getting a biopsy done on one of the warts to know for sure that I have low-risk HPV?
This is rarely necessary, especially if you're trying to figure out the low risk/high risk angle. 90% or more of genital warts are due to just two low risk types, HPV 6 and 11. There's no practical need to know specifically just which genotype you're dealing with.Is there any kind of referral network for doctors that specialize in STIs or even HPV specifically?
We don't have those kinds of referrals. In general, dermatologists and urologists are the ones you'd see for this (although general practice providers and public clinics tend to see warts often). With cryotherapy, are warts supposed to be destroyed/removed instantly?
No. The treated area blisters a bit and the treated area eventually breaks away from the deeper tissue layers. Does a follow-up exam in six weeks make sense?
Never heard a standard protocol about when to return for follow-up exams. Probably depends on the size and number of warts, just how large an area the treated and, honestly, how busy the practice is! If you're worried or something seems odd, call them to see if they can squeeze you in sooner.Can I be reasonably certain about who I may have contracted the virus from?
This kind of detective work isn't usually reliable with HPV, although it's a universal reaction to do it! Warts will most often develop in a few weeks out to about 8 months, but could reasonably take years. Would it be smart to contact the girl from September 2008 and let her know?
Few experts would encourage you to do so.Can she be tested for the presence of low-risk HPV and definitively learn her status?
HPV tests are currently only approved for use with cell samples from the cervix as part of cervical cancer screening. Honestly, they most often don't run the low-risk panel these days. The answer to the question you ask, technically, is yes. On a practical level, at the clinic....not really. Also, even if she had HPV last year it may well be undetectable now!Should I stop shaving Ã¢â‚¬Å“down thereÃ¢â‚¬Â?
Might be good to stop or use real caution if shaving near the warts.
Hope this helps.
Blessing on you, my son.