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lisa asks:

I have been married for 20 years and just gave birth to my fifth child 6 weeks ago. I went for my Pap and was called back and told I have HPV and pre-cancerous cells. I have had a normal Pap for years. Can it be dormant for that long?

You ask a question that is on the mind of a lot of women upon hearing that they have unexpected results from their Pap test.  In most women infected with HPV, the cells in the cervix return to normal after the body's immune system has eliminated the HPV infection of forced it into latency without the woman ever having any signs or symptoms of the HPV.  However, some HPV infections do not fo away and may remian present in the cervical cells for year, without causing any abnormalities most of the time. Most HPV infections clear up within 2 years, some sooner, some longer. Long-standing infection can lead to changes in the cells that can progress to cancer if not treated. If is these cell changes taht a Pap test can detect. Make sure that you follow up with your doctor to get the treatment recommended so taht your pre-cancer cells don't turn into cancer.  Your actions can prevent cervical cancer.

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July 12, 2010 at 11:56 a.m.

LA writes:

I was married for 10 years then diagnosed with HPV. I have remained married but my husband still thinks that I was unfaithful. I have not been unfaithful. I was married once before could my condition be dorment for that long. Please I need advice?
Feb. 2, 2010 at 11:12 a.m.

Clyde writes:

Im have been married for 28 yrs. I had Pap text for 21 yrs. with no problems, now I have HPV, no Doctors can tell me how long stay in the body until show the virus. For a piece of mind I need to know.Please tell me the truth. Thank you Thank you
Jan. 29, 2010 at 10:35 p.m.

charotich writes:

hellow,ok i have been too undergoing these problem since 2007,i was tested with STI BUT I havent seen any changes,i have pain in my groin,lower abdomen,bad smell,white and cremish discharge.i try to marry date but i shy.m a student at JKUAT.KENYA.so i have any finance to go for treatment.sometimes i feel i should commit suicide and not burdening with the pain.please help..
Oct. 26, 2009 at 1:28 a.m.

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