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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:34 pm 

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My fiance and I have known we have GW for about 6 months or so. I had my burnt off but now its coming back so I'm headed to doctor to get Aldara. My fiance has been using aldara and hers are gone we think.

She has been reading the info out there on the net, about having babies and the risk of passing GW on. We are completely distraught about this, if there is even the smallest risk of transmission that rules children out for us which is completely devastating.

It seems that info out there says yes it can be passed on , and even in some cases the baby gets it in their throat. How horrible.

What are the odds of having a healthy baby and how does one justify taking this risk>!


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Hi Andy,

Thanks for your post and very good questions. RRP is very, very rare and the risk to the baby is considered to be so slight that no guidelines call for a C-section delivery based on any concerns about RRP.

The website of the Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation (www.rrpf.org) says "It is estimated that approximately 5% of the U.S. population may have HPV in their respiratory tract, but less than 1 in 1000 of those infected ever develop RRP. This seems to invite the speculation that some subtle immunologic deficiency affects the respiratory tracts of those few who develop RRP."

Consider, too, that once a woman is free of warts, the risk to the baby is essentially eliminated. I stress how rare is the risk even when she DOES have warts present. It's understandable that you and your partner are focused on this, given your respective diagnosis, but keep in mind this almost certainly should not be a deal breaker. There is always a chance of some complication with pregnancy, some unforeseen condition or birth defect. There is no such thing as a totally risk-free pregnancy, for anyone. It seems a shame to give up on the idea of pregnancy based on nothing more than the remote chances that RRP will occur.

I hope this helps, but post anytime.

Best,
Fredo

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