[Question #7131] Recommended treatment of HR-HPV if finances aren't a consideration
8 months ago
I’ve never had an abnormal Pap and had regularly requested HPV testing (always negative, including during my last serious relationship). I got out of a long-term, monogamous relationship in early 2019 and dated someone for a few months in late 2019-- becoming physical in October. Recently, I was diagnosed with 11 HR-HPV strains. I’m in shock; I’m mad— at the guy I dated and myself; and, I want to make a plan and move forward.
I realize HPV can lie dormant, but I have an autoimmune disease & take Xeljanz— my immune system isn’t the greatest. It’s hard to imagine that my body would have kept this under wraps long. Is is pretty safe to say that, between my past negative tests and this that I definitely got it from this guy in late 2019?
I’ve read a lot about Dr. Arani at https://drarani.com/ and his BCR microsurgery treatment. I realize that even with the warts gone, the virus remains, but does ridding your body of the warts give your body a break/boost in any way to aid in the fight the disease, or is wart removal 100% about aesthetics and physical/psychological comfort?
What about CO2 lasers and/or AHCC? If money were not a big consideration, but saving time and stress were, what would you recommend for treatment(s)?
Beyond all of that, I do have one big worry— auto-inoculation. I know I cannot shave in affected areas. But what about showering/cleansing, drying off, putting on lotion, etc? I feel like I'm getting warts germs on everything!
Finally, should I mainly see a GYN or dermatologist for this?
Thank you so much for your time.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
8 months ago