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HPV detects E6, E7 on pap

By Anonymous May 1, 2018 - 2:02pm
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I m 68 yrs have been devoice for 9yrs how is this posible?????

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HERWriter Guide

Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

By divorced I assume you mean you have been celibate for 9 years? You may have carried this infection for years and not known it - that is not uncommon. Your husband may have passed it to you 10-20 years ago.
Is this your first HPV test?

May 1, 2018 - 2:19pm
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Anonymous (reply to SusanC)

No I have my PAP yearly but the 1st time this HPV was detected

May 1, 2018 - 3:26pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello again!

Not to belabor the issue but there is a difference between a pap test and an HPV test - they are not the same.
An HPV test, as you stated you had, looks for the virus itself. A pap test does not - a pap test looks for cell changes in the cervix that may be caused by various things, including the HPV virus. It's essentially to make sure you are safe from getting cervical cancer. A pap does not test for the actual virus itself.

Therefore you can have normal pap tests and have HPV that is not detected. If that virus becomes active (rather than dormant) then changes may be seen on the pap test.

May 2, 2018 - 1:59pm
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