[Question #2399] Does it sound like HPV or not? If it does, is it treatable?

46 months ago
Hi there - will start at the beginning.  I was promiscuous in my 20s.  Had sexual encounters with a total of 15 men, some of whom where of questionable character.  I had hives for the first time when I was 10, before I was sexually active.  As a result of penicillin.  Had a hives breakout again when I was 21 when I was studying for finals was told it was from stress. I got married in 2001 and have been faithful to him.  He also has a history, although not as many partners as me.  I gave birth in 2005, while I was nursing, it was very hot and I broke out with a rash on my chest.  Dr, tested for herpes and it wasn't.  He said it was a heat rash.  I have also been diagnosed as bipolar and have been institutionalized 3 times. I take medication for that. Recently I have developed a whole host of symptoms that I believe are related.  I have vulvadynia although my pap came back fine, insomnia, fatigue, hair loss, hoarse voice, depression, cannot cry, I have two tiny bumps on  my hand, I had a larg sore on the side of my mouth that cleared up but I have developed a swollen tongue with bumps around the edge.  I know its not the typical manifestion of HPV but I'm wondering if it sounds like that or something else.  Also, my son had mild asthma as a child which cleared up after I stopped smoking and then he had chronic eczema which he outgrew.  Is there a chance that I passed it along to him?  I have never had an vaginal warts or abnormal pap smears.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
46 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thank you for your confidence in our services.

My first thought is that your past sexual lifestyle doesn't sound unusual and 15 lifetime partners isn't especially high; I certainly would not classify it as "promiscuous".

I don't know what to make of your emphasis on urticaria (hives) on several occasions over your life. That symptom doesn't suggest HPV or any other STD. Your other symptoms (vulvodynia, insomnia, fatigue, etc) do not occur regularly with any STD; same for an occaionsl sore in the mouth, tongue swelling, etc. For sure HPV does not do ay of these things. And certainly there is nothing about childhood asthma or eczema that would be due to HPV or any other STD.

It seem to me that you are dwelling on your past sexual lifestyle as somehow related to the various health problems you have had, or even your son's previous health issues. I can assure that these things are entirely unrelated. Neither HPV nor any other STD is possibly responsible for any of this. Given your long psychiatric history and your current medications, you obviously are in the care of one or more mental health professionals. I suggest you discuss these concerns with him, her or them. I'm confident they will agree you are making connections that have no basis in medicine or physiology.

Almost all sexually active persons acquire genital HPV infection, usually several times. Given your past sexual lifestyle, and your husband's, you can assume both of you have had HPV. However, your immune systems probably cleared it up long ago, and most likely HPV will never be an important health issue for you. For sure it is not the cause of any of the health problems you have described, either yours or your son's.

I hope this information has been helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear. 

HHH, MD

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