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Hi, Britney! Sounds like you were diagnosed with HPV five years ago...I know, that sucks to hear...from my understanding it goes in to remission...it's like herpes...the gift that keeps on giving....with that being said, it is possible that the virus has been lying dormant for five years! Your new doc doesn't have to know that you had it for five years because HPV is one of those things that you could have for 20 years and not know it! However, I would share that info with the new doc. The only thing you can do now is ...... get whatever treatment they prescribe ...which may be nothing...or it could be a follow up in a year...all depends on what's going on down there.... try and stay as stress free as possible...it is also my understanding that when your body is super stressed it begins to react ...meaning it will flare up the HPV....get your paps regularly...have safe sex...and make sure that you tell your partners that you have that ...it's kinda important .... you should really follow up with your doc especially because of your family history. My dr thought I had HPV too...so of course i researched the heck out of HPV lol it turned out to be chronic cervicitis...which i'm confused by but I'll take it over an STD.... what irritates me is that when we get conditions like cervicitis doctors automatically assume that you're sleeping around....I really believe my birth control has a big part in this cervicitis because I am very faithful with my annual check ups and I even go throughout the year just to be sure...I've never been told that anything was wrong with my cervix....I had the colposcopy done which is a very antiquated method ...I kind of feel like since they started chopping off pieces of my cervix it's down hill from here....I wasn't prescribed a medication for the cervicitis i was just told to return in a year for i guess a pap....so that is what I will do..it's funny when you find out you're sick with something all of a sudden everything else starts to itch or hurt or become uncomfortable. I wish you luck. Keep positive thoughts...eat good foods...follow up with the doc.....and definitely have safe sex. ~la
Based on the interim normal paps since the abnormal one 5 years ago, it sounds like the abnormal cells and probably the HPV too resolved on their own. This is common in normal, healthy women especially younger ones. And your doctor is correct in saying that abnormal cells [U]typically[/U] take many years (as many as 10) to develop into cancer. [U]And most low grade lesions (CIN1 aka LGSIL) revert to normal, no treatment needed.[/U]

The body's ability to cure itself of HPV and abnormal cells is the reason that pap smear guidelines have changed to be done every 3 years instead of every year. So don't beat yourself up especially since you were not told about the results of the colposcopy 5 years ago. Of course, when there's an abnormal pap smear, these guidelines don't apply in that repeat paps and sometimes colposcopy are needed. But the annual testing was causing too many women to undergo unnecessary treatments that were causing harm (such as infertility and incompetent cervix causing preterm labor and possibly even miscarriages). And keep in mind that abnormal paps can be caused by relatively harmless conditions such as inflammation, non-HPV infections, and even pregnancy.

Since your abnormal cells reversed to normal before, this may very well happen again. Of course, monitoring is necessary.





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