[Question #4123] HPV 16 and HSIL

31 months ago
Hi doctors - so I'm concerned and look forward to your expert guidance.
I'm a mommy of three...never had an abnormal pap smear until January 2018. I have regular checkups.

April 2016 - Normal Pap
Jan 2018 - Abnormal Pap, HSIL, HPV 16+
Feb 2018 - Colposcopy without biopsy, normal, no abnormal cells seen, hpv neg
April 2018 - LSIL, mildly abnormal pap, HPV16+
August 15 - HSIL, HPV16+, colposcopy with biopsy has been scheduled

I am TERRIFIED. I have been taking AHCC now for almost three months in hopes it will help eradicate the HPV. I will keep taking, but am so scared of something being seriously wrong with me. Please share your experience. It seems that progressing like this in a short amount of time considering i was normal and HPV negative back in April 2016 is serious. I have no other STDs, i've been fully tested via arm draw in a lab.

Thank you so much for your time
Kelly B.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
 Welcome to our forum. I'll be glad to comment but to be honest this is a discussion you also need to have with your gynecologist.    HPV infections are very common and you are being managed appropriately. The Pap smear designations of  LSIL and HSIL  represent a spectrum of the cellular changes that can occur in women with HPV infection. Your infection may be progressing or, alternatively, you may have an infection with different grades of cellular change at different locations on your cervix which, by chance  have been detected at different times.    At this point with persistent evidence of HPV infection and fluctuating cellular changes a biopsy is an appropriate and reasonable approach. Such biopsies are done in order to rule out the possibility of very early, curable stages of cancer. Most biopsies are negative.  Others, when positive allow, once again, depending on the findings allow your gynecologist to take measures to manage this infection before it jeopardizes your help. In general despite the anxiety that these sortsjjjmproduces, if cancer is present early detection is favorable as cervical cancer can readily  be cured. EWH---
31 months ago
Thank you - I certainly am in contact with my gyn. as well. I'm hoping these are just abnormal pre-cancerous cells and they are removed and that's that. Have you personally seen AHCC remedy HPV16?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
I'm sorry, I hove no personal experience with AHCC.   I would point out HOWEVER that many of these infections can resolve without progressing to cancer and that with early detection and followup such as you are receiving, even the progressive infections can typically be managed.  I know this is anxiety provoking but it does sound like your doctor is doing the right things.  EWH---