[Question #3518] Bout hpv

35 months ago
I found out I have hpv n was told to have a follow up in a year I have thin prep rfx hpv n have positive in other high risk can you please explain to me what this means
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
35 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  I will try to help.  You do not provide much information so my reply will need to be a bit general.  There are many (over 100) different types of HPV.  HPV infections are very common in sexually active persons, occurring in over 80% of the entire, sexually active population.  Some HPV types have been shown "statistically" to be associated with increased risk for development of cervical and other genital tract cancers. This association means that a small proportion of those so-called "high risk" types may gradually progress to cervical cancer of a period of many years.  Pap smear specimens can be tested for the presence of HPV and when high risk types are present it is recommended that they be observed with repeat testing in a year or so.  Over that year period, the majority of these infections will go away on their own as the body controls the infection. In a very small proportion of infections, the infection may persist or may gradually progress towards a pre-cancerous lesion.  Having identified the HPV on your test will allow you to be followed so that if the infection persists and needs treatment, this can be done. It is far more likely however that  the infection will regress and not be detectable when you are tested again in a year.   It is good that you know you are infected since you can now be watched in order to help you decide if treatment is needed or not.  Having a positive test for HPV is not something to worry about. 

I hope this information is helpful.  If there are additional questions, you may follow-up with up the two follow-up questions,  EWH
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35 months ago
What can I do to help clear up hpv?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
35 months ago
No therapy is needed.  The infection is typically asymptomatic and in most people will be controlled by your body.  My advice at this time is to not worry and to have the follow-up your doctor has suggested.  EWH 
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