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Genital warts and HPV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I have been with my husband for 5 years. I was abstinent for 2 years prior to that. About 2 months ago I noticed a small flesh colored growth on my vagina that was asymptomatic. It did not concern me at the time. About a week ago I noticed several more growths and became concerned. I went to my OB/GYN who used acetic acid to diagnose genital warts. She treated them with TBA during the visit. I asked her if this was something that my husband (or I) could have had and did not know it. She basically said no that it had to be a fairly recent exposure. I want a second opinion. Is my husband cheating? Or can HPV have an extended latent period? Please help!
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
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Let me read through.
User :   Ok.
Doctor :  
May I know what the gynaecologist have diagnosed?
User :   Genital warts
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :  
Genital warts are commonly due to HPV infection.
Doctor :  
It is definitely transmitted because of sexual intercourse.
Doctor :  
Multiple sexual intercourse is the major factor for sexual transmitted infection.
User :   I know all that.
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User :   I am asking about the latency period
User :   Could you have it for years before ever having symptoms?
Doctor :  
The latency period varies.
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It can occur by as less as few days to several months.
User :   But not years?
Doctor :   Generally not in years.
Doctor :   It is not constant
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and depends on various other factors
User :   How accurate is the acetic acid (vinegar) test?
Doctor :   the most important factor of them is the immune status.
Doctor :  
Acetic acid test is the clinical test in making the diagnosis of warts.
User :   How accurate is it?
User :   Could you get a false positive
Doctor :   The pap smear test would be the accurate test in diagnosing the HPV infection
Doctor :   Have you followed?

User :   no.
Doctor :  
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i shall put it in simple words.
Doctor :  
Though the diagnosis of the warts is done by a clinical examination alone
User :   I'm sorry yes I follow you.
Doctor :  
A definitive diagnosis can be done by checking the pap smear
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for the presence of HPV virus.
Doctor :   By doing a blood test for HPV antibodies.
Doctor :   Most of the institute go by the HPV antibody test.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
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Are you there?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :  
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