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:) [QUOTE=JDP]My doctor told me the LEEP is 90% effective in getting rid of the dysplasia. I still have a lot of questions about this though and I am going to a new doc next week. I don't understand how it can cure dysplasia at all if my husband most likely has HPV. How do I not get it again from my husband!?[/QUOTE]
If you've been tested for HPV and came out positive then you will probably always have it in your system even if there are no symptoms, etc.. In rare cases it goes away on it's own and some people will then test negative for it.
Some types HPV causes genital warts (not all types of HPV though- just a few) and even if you have the warts removed, you still have HPV (unless it goes away in time).
A friend of mine caught HPV from her boyfriend which later turned into genital warts and she had to have them removed a few times. He assumed since he had them removed, that he was free of his HPV so, he never mentioned it to her and she had no idea till one day she noticed the warts.
Dysplasia results from HPV in most cases. Which is the break down of the normal cell structure (A-typia aka: A-typical cells) which can then lead to cancer. So, from my understanding, HPV stays (unless it heals on it's own because there is no cure and no way to get rid of it), then later HPV may or may not cause the Dysplasia and from there, Atypical cells, which may or may not turn into cancer.
So, you can't catch dysplasia from your husband. You get HPV from him... and then HPV later can cause the dysplasia which is then why you would need a LEEP, etc., to get rid of the Atypical cells so, they don't turn into cancer. Very early cancer cells can also be removed with this procedure which is where the 75% to 90% success rate comes in and extra paps must be done each year after to be sure it doesn't come back. If you go for 5 years without a return of the cancer cells, then you are considered cancer free (or at least that's what the cancer specialists told my Mom when she went through this).
Does your husband know that HPV can also, cause a rare form of penile (sp?) cancer (cancer on the penis)? So, it would be good for him to get checked every now and then too even though it's a rare type of cancer. You can find more info about all of this by doing a search on the net.
Take care,

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