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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:32 am 

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Hi! Thanks for being here to answer my questions. I was diagnosed with HPV 2 years ago. I had a - pap and now it won't go away. I have no visible warts and on exam they don't see lesions on the vaginal wall or wherever it is they look. My Ob/Gyn recommended antioxidants like vitamins a,c,e,multivitamins and green tea. I have been doing all of it.
It wasn't helping so I switched to a liquid vitamin with a ton of everything in it and still was + for HPV.

Have you heard from anyone taking any of the immune boosting pills that are out on the market stating they help aid in ridding the body of HPV. I was just wondering if it was worth it to try them or if it's just a ploy for $$. The one I looked at has lycopene and turmeric which they say helps relieve the symptoms of HPV.

And they want me to have another colposcopy. I had 1 last year that was negative. I am just afraid that it's more agressive than need be. They say they need to check because the HPV is still there, but I don't understand why if my cells are OK. I know you can't give medical advice but have you heard of this being done? I searched everyone and can't find a lot of info on it.

My husband has some warts on his penis. He was told by a previous Dr. there was nothing to worry about and his current Dr. is in no rush to remove them. Does this sound a little crazy? His current Dr. knows I have Hpv.

I think that's it for now anyway. Thanks again,

Jill


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:12 pm 

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Well, I guess no one has this same situation. I am still researching and have really come up short.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:40 am 
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Hi Jill,

I'm not sure I understand what all has happened with you. You were diagnosed with HPV a couple of years ago, but did you at any point have an abnormal Pap test? If no, does that mean you were diagnosed with an HPV test (which, unlike a Pap, can detect the virus even when no lesions are present).

There isn't a "one size fits all" approach to managing women with abnormal Paps and/or positive HPV tests. Colposcopy is usually done as follow-up with an abnormal Pap test. If a woman has normal Paps/negative colposcopy they may still do HPV tests for her and, if the virus seems to persist, may then want to do another colposcopy, but I'm not sure. Ask your doctor to explain just why colposcopy is indicated for your case.

As for supplements, there is nothing that's been proven - or is currently recommended by any professional organization - to help with HPV. Many experts do recommend diets rich in B vitamins and beta-carotene, along with not smoking, getting enough rest, managing stress, and so on. I'll post an article below you might find helpful.

Keep checking in!

Best,
Fredo

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:43 am 
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Cervical Cancer and Diet

Reprinted from HPV News
August 2008

People’s risk for HPV and anogenital cancers can, to some extent, be lowered by healthy lifestyle choices. We now know that consistent condom use decreases risk for HPV infection. Cigarette smoking is a proven risk factor for cervical cancer, and smoking also increases the risk for HPV infection and persistence—giving us all yet another reason to abstain from tobacco use.

Does what we eat also affect risk for cervical cancer and HPV? For years, women have asked ASHA if there are certain foods they should eat to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. We typically respond that while there aren’t specific dietary guidelines for cervical cancer prevention, eating a low-fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables strengthens the immune system and is associated with a reduced risk for cancer, in general.

A recent study seems to back up that advice. Chaitali Ghosh, Ph.D., and a team of researchers from the State University of New York College at Buffalo examined the relationship between diet and cervical cancer risk.

The investigators used questionnaires to collect information about diet and medical backgrounds from female patients at Buffalo hospital. Responses from 239 women with cervical cancer were compared with those from 979 hospital patients with no cervical disease.

Diets rich in fiber, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E, lutein, folate, and high total fruit and vegetable consumption were associated with a 40-60% reduction in risk, leading the researchers concluded that plant-based diets have promise in reducing cervical cancers.

More research is needed to fully understand the diet-cervical cancer connection, but eating healthy has many proven benefits. Click here to read the American Cancer Society’s FAQ about cancer and diet. This includes information on dietary fat and fiber, antioxidants, and folate.

Cite:
C. Ghosh et al. Dietary Intakes of Selected Nutrients and Food Groups and Risk of Cervical Cancer. Nutrition and Cancer. 2008; 60:331-41.

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Posted August 13, 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:01 pm 

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Thanks Fredo! So sorry about the confusion, I think by the time i'd posted my question I was too tired to understand how I was putting it. My pap tests have all been positive for HPV except one but the cells are always normal. When I spoke with my MD today about why I needed the Colpo's she said she has seen, (and not frequently so for anyone who reads this please don't get scared), where the cells are normal ecxept for the HPV and then when she does a colpo they have had High grade squamous lesions. She said although it is rare, they want to take every precaution and continue to do the colpo's every year as long as my pap still shows HPV. And she agreed with you on the pills.
Thanks again and i'll let you know how I progress.


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