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Anonymous (reply to clarice2311)

I was diagnosed with high-risk HPV via DNA test in 1999 when I found out I was pregnant for my first child. They did my first colposcopy and LEEP 6 weeks after her birth in 2000. I had no issues for 6 years when I met my soon to be ex-husband, who had low-risk HPV. We had unprotected sex, and as soon as my immune system started fighting that version of HPV, mine reared its ugly head and I ended up with pre-cancerous cell changes in my cervix. I was told to have a hysterectomy as soon as I was done having children. I got pregnant 6 months later, gave birth to a healthy boy and haven't had a problem since. That was 7 1/2 years ago. Now, I'm an Oncology nurse and I understand how some of these viruses work. HPV attaches itself to your DNA, which is how it can cause cell mutations leading to cancer. Like many viruses, such as HIV and Epstein Barr (mono), this virus doesn't "clear," it gets suppressed by a strong immune system and goes dormant, kind of like many cancers after chemo. However, as soon as the body and immune system get put under too much pressure, the virus can pop back up when you least expect it, especially if you think it's gone. While guys might not know they have it, and might not share that info if they do, always use a condom, either latex or comparable substitute, NEVER sheepskin, they don't protect against STDs. I dated a guy that knowingly slept with me unprotected, then slept with his next girlfriend unprotected and she ended up with cancer.

December 22, 2014 - 4:41pm


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